Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, recently announced that she was appointing Republican Rep. Liz Cheney to the new committee that will be investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. In a news conference on July 1, Pelosi said, “We are very honored and proud she has agreed to serve on the committee.”
Pelosi also announced that Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will be chairing the committee, which has already started probing the Capitol riots.
This appointment comes after Liz Cheney was removed from the GOP House leadership because she voted to impeach former President Trump and criticized his lying about the election results.
Regarding Pelosi’s decision to name her as one of the selections for the committee, Liz Cheney said, “I’m honored to have been named to serve on the January 6th select committee. Congress is obligated to conduct a full investigation of the most serious attack on our Capitol since 1814. That day saw the most sacred space in our Republic overrun by an angry and violent mob attempting to stop the counting of electoral votes and threatening the peaceful transfer of power. 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,” in a written statement.
As per the House’s resolution, Pelosi has the authority to appoint eight members to the committee, while McCarthy can select five members “in consultation” with Pelosi. On June 30, McCarthy threatened his Republican party members that he would strip them of their committee assignment if they tried to accept an offer from Pelosi.