House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is making it very clear he doesn’t want any Republicans helping to investigate the January attack on the Capitol. While he’s slated to help House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) select members for the committee, he’s also reportedly threatened to strip any Republicans of their committee assignments if they accept an invitation to participate.
Committee assignments are a significant part of how a Member of Congress is able to exert legislative power for their constituents. Liz Cheney (R-WY), for example, serves on the Natural Resources Committee and the Armed Services Committee, and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as two subcommittees.
However, according to CNN reporters Ana Cabrera and Jamie Gangel, McCarthy is threatening to take committee assignments from any Republican who accepts an invitation to serve on this new committee, to investigate the attack on democracy, Congress, and the election process by Trump supporters.
NEW: McCarthy threatens to strip any GOP member of their committee assignments if they accept an offer from Pelosi to serve on 1/6 commission, @jamiegangel reports.
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) July 1, 2021
This closely follows the news that Pelosi intends to consult with McCarthy on the selection of participants, and is expected to pick one Republican herself, asking McCarthy for guidance on picking five more.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has put forward a resolution to create a 13-member committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection:
• 8 appointed by Pelosi, who is considering a Republican as one of her picks
• 5 appointed in consultation with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pic.twitter.com/dOyoNYep04
— The Recount (@therecount) June 29, 2021
McCarthy, like many other Republicans in the House and Senate alike, has opposed the creation of such a committee to begin with. In fact, Senate Republicans (despite being in the minority) managed to shut down efforts to create a bipartisan joint commission, and it now appears that the House committee might not be permitted to have a bipartisan makeup.
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