White House official and Pelosi aide test positive for Covid, reports say – live

Posted by on July 20, 2021 11:37 am
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4.37pm BST

The House select committee looking into the 6 January attack on the US Capitol is set to have its first hearing next week. By now, we know that House minority leader Kevin McCarthy will appoint representative Jim Jordan and two other representatives who voted to overturn the presidential election to the select committee.

The question on Capitol Hill now is lawmakers who supported the baseless objections to the certification of the presidential election – the baseless objections that many who stormed the Capitol cited as their reason for doing so – can adequately serve on a committee investigating the attack.

Pelosi told me she’s “considering” Kevin McCarthy’s “proposals” to serve on Jan. 6 committee. But she said how people voted on Jan. 6 on whether to certify the results is “not a criterion for service.” She wouldn’t say what she is weighing or say when she should make a decision. pic.twitter.com/3AEPBnlbEe

Asked Rep. Aguilar whether Pelosi should reject McCarthy picks for 1/6 committee who didn’t certify election – he says they’ll accept “that everyone in that room will be guided by seeking the truth of what happened. That’s my, my presumption until I’m proven otherwise.”

(Aguilar himself is a select committee member)

Jim Jordan, who was selected by McCarthy to serve on the Jan. 6 select committee, told me he’s willing to testify before panel about his conversations with Trump. “If they call me, I got nothing to hide.”

Jordan also suggested that Speaker Pelosi’s actions are of interest to him.

“There’s one question that needs to be answered, and that’s why wasn’t there proper security presence that day. And that’s a question only the speaker can answer.”

4.19pm BST

The staffer of House speaker Nancy Pelosi who tested positive for Covid-19 has not been in contact with Pelosi since exposure.

A senior aide in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office has tested positive for Covid after being in contact with Texas Democrats last week, @AnnieGrayerCNN confirms. The person has not been in contact w/Pelosi since exposure but Pelosi was seen earlier wearing a mask.

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