House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will not be seeking the removal of statues of George Washington or Thomas Jefferson in the Capitol, only those of Confederate officers.
"It's not about Washington and Jefferson," Pelosi told reporters Thursday.
Pelosi had requested a congressional panel to remove 13 Confederate statues from the Capitol complex. Republican lawmakers said the statues can only be removed by their state sponsors.
"I do believe that if people have committed treason against the United States of America their statues should not be in the Capitol," she said.
Pelosi, who controls the artwork in the House hallways, has already removed portraits of former House speakers who were members of the Confederacy.
? Protesters have previously targeted statues of Jefferson.