The Republicans who voted against a bipartisan January 6th Commission were left grumbling on Thursday when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the addition of Rep Liz Cheney (R-WY) to the new special select committee created in its place. Cheney’s inclusion in the otherwise all-Democratic panel signals to the GOP that none of their usual Trumpian tactics are going to work. Any member of the GOP called to appear in front of the committee will face tough questioning from a colleague within their own party, and the thought of a showdown between Cheney and, say, Lauren Boebert or Marjorie Taylor Greene would make for some of the most compelling testimony in connection with the January 6th insurrection.
In addition to Cheney, Pelosi’s other picks include Democratic Representatives Bennie Thompson, Elaine Luria, Jamie Raskin, Stephanie Murphy, Pete Aguilar, Adam Schiff, and Zoe Lofgren. Thompson, the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, will chair the January 6th panel.
House GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Q-CA) had made veiled threats to any member of his caucus that they would lose their committee assignments if they accepted a spot on the committee, but since Cheney was already stripped of her leadership status, she had nothing left to lose and took Pelosi’s offer. McCarthy told reporters later on Thursday that he was surprised Cheney had accepted the appointment. “I was shocked that she would accept something from Speaker Pelosi,” he said. “Maybe she’s closer to her than us.”
The final tally on the House vote to create a special select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack: 222 to 190
Zero Dems voted against, and two House Republicans — Cheney and Kinzinger — voted for it. pic.twitter.com/oEgVIR8jWQ
— Steve Benen (@stevebenen) June 30, 2021
Speaker Pelosi has said that she would have preferred to have an independent commission investigate January 6th, but since the Senate GOP has made their position clear (which is: they want to pretend it never happened), she believes the House must take independent action.
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— Bradley Whitford (@BradleyWhitford) July 2, 2021
One of the members of the select committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, joined the discussion on “Morning Joe” this morning and spoke to his goals for the process.