House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced that Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, in open defiance of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, has agree to serve on the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.
“We are very honored and proud she has agreed to serve on the committee,” Pelosi said at a press conference alongside several other Democratic lawmakers she is naming to the panel.
McCarthy reportedly threatened his GOP colleagues that they will be stripped of their committee assignments if they agreed to serve on the committee. In a statement Cheney, who serves as chair of the Armed Services and Natural Resources committees, said she is “honored to have been named to serve” on the committee.
“What happened on January 6th can never happen again,” the statement continued. “Those who are responsible for the attack need to be held accountable. … Our oath to the Constitution, our commitment to the rule of law, and the preservation of the peaceful transfer of power must always be above partisan politics.”
— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) July 1, 2021
Pelosi said the select committee will be led by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee. She also named two other committee leaders to the panel: Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff and Administration Chair Zoe Lofgren, both of California.
The speaker also selected Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the widely respected constitutional lawyer who led the House Democrats’ impeachment probe into Trump earlier this year, who will serve alongside two managers of Trump’s first impeachment in Schiff and Lofgren. Also named to the select panel were Reps. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.), Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) and Elaine Luria (D-Va.).