Politics continues to impede efforts in the United States Congress to probe the cause and events of the January 6 US Capitol riot as House Republicans announced a boycott on Wednesday of a special investigatory committee set to meet next week.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, expressed outrage at Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, after she rejected two of the five Republicans that he had selected to sit on the committee. The candidates are close allies of former President Donald Trump.

“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives [Jim] Banks and [Jim] Jordan to the Select Committee,” Pelosi

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