GOP Lawmaker Who Backed 1/6 Commission Blasts Pelosi's 'Skewed' Select Committee

Representative John Katko has criticized Speaker Nancy Pelosi's proposed select committee to investigate the January 6 Capitol riot as a "turbo-charged partisan exercise."

Katko, a Republican who represents New York's 24th congressional district, previously struck a deal on a bipartisan commission to investigate the events of January 6, but the proposal failed in the Senate.

He issued a statement on Monday strongly criticizing Pelosi's plan for a House select committee. Her resolution would establish a 13-person panel, with Pelosi appointing eight members.

Katko said in a statement: " I led the charge to create a January 6th commission that would be external, independent, bipartisan, and equitable in membership and subpoena power.

"The select committee proposed by Speaker Pelosi is literally the exact opposite of that."

"The select committee would have a skewed, 8 Democrat and 5 Republican panel of members, all 13 of whom would ultimately be picked by the Speaker herself," Katko's statement said.

"It would be a turbo-charged partisan exercise, not an honest fact-finding body that the American people and the Capitol Police deserve. For those reasons, I will not support its creation when voted upon."

"Recognizing the deeply disappointing departure this represents from a truly bipartisan solution, I have a hard time envisioning a scenario where I would participate, if asked," Katko said.

A Pelosi aide said on Monday that she was "seriously considering including a Republican among her eight appointments to the Select Committee," according to CBS News.

Katko may have been an obvious choice considering his support for a bipartisan investigation, but he now appears to have ruled himself out.

Katko is a ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee. He agreed a deal on a bipartisan investigation with House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson, a Democrat representing Mississippi's 2nd district, earlier this year.

That proposal would have allowed Democrats and Republicans to each appoint five members to a commission. It passed in the House by a vote of 252 to 175 but failed to win enough votes in the Senate to overcome the filibuster.

Pelosi's resolution on a select committee is likely to be passed by the House later this week along party lines. It would allow Pelosi to choose eight of the members, while the other five would be chosen in consultation with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

In a statement on Monday, Pelosi criticized Senate Republicans for voting against the previous proposal, pointing to reports that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had asked some of his colleagues to vote against it as a personal favor.

"Senate Republicans did Mitch McConnell a 'personal favor' rather than their patriotic duty and voted against the bipartisan commission negotiated by Democrats and Republicans," Pelosi said. "But Democrats are determined to find the truth."

Newsweek has asked Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. John Katko for comment.

Rep. John Katko Attends a House Committee
Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., attends a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup in Rayburn Building, September 14, 2016. Katko has said he will oppose a select committee to investigate the events of January 6. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images