House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has named Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (WY) to serve on the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Via The Hill:
The House voted to form the panel on Wednesday despite GOP opposition.
Cheney, who backed the formation of the panel, was recently dumped by GOP leadership over her criticisms of former President Trump. She voted to impeach him over his actions connected to the Jan. 6 attack.
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) will serve as the select panel’s leader.
Pelosi’s other picks are House Administration Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.), Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.).
The HIll noted that Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) were the only two Republican members to vote for the committee’s creation on Wednesday.
Cheney said in a statement that Congress is “obligated to conduct a full investigation” of the Jan. 6 insurrection.
“What happened on January 6th can never happen again. Those who are responsible for the attack need to be held accountable and this select committee will fulfill that responsibility in a professional, expeditious, and non-partisan manner,” Cheney said.
The Washington Post reported:
Republican leaders have suggested that any members of their conference who agree to serve as a Pelosi appointee will face consequences — although it remains to be seen what action in particular they may seek to take against Cheney, who was ousted from her No. 3 spot in GOP leadership earlier this year over her continued criticism of Trump.
During a meeting Wednesday night, [House Minority Leader Kevin] McCarthy warned Republican freshmen that if they accept an offer from Pelosi to sit on the committee, he would remove them from their other committee assignments.
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