House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is one of eight members she has selected to serve on the select committee that will investigate the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.
Why it matters: The former GOP conference chair was ousted from leadership for her opposition to Donald Trump’s election lies. She is the only Republican hand-picked by Pelosi to serve on the 13-member committee.
- The committee will consolidate several House investigations, and was formed after Republicans blocked a bill that would have established a bipartisan 9/11-style commission to probe the attack.
- The remaining five members will be picked in consultation with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), though he has not yet indicated whether other Republicans intend to participate.
The members: In order of seniority, according to Pelosi …
- Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), as chairman.
- Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)
- Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)
- Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Texas)
- Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.)
- Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.)
- Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.)
- Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.)
What they’re saying: “We will do our job. We will do it according to the oath we took as members of Congress, but more importantly, we have to get to the bottom of finding out all the things that went wrong on Jan. 6,” said Thompson, who crafted the legislation to create a bipartisan commission as chair of the House Homeland Security Committee.
- “I look forward to coming up with the causes and effect. It will come in due time. I can’t give it a timeline. We will let the facts help determine how long we will meet, but I assure you that the product will be a product based on investigations, based on what those investigations bring forward,” he added.
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