Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and “Republican” congresswoman Liz Cheney are joining forces against former President Donald Trump and his supporters.
On Thursday, Speaker Pelosi announced that she selected seven Democrats along with Cheney to help her in her partisan investigation into the January 6 Capitol riot.
Here is the full list of the 8 members chosen by Pelosi:
- Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), as chairman.
- Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
- Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
- Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-TX)
- Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY)
- Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL)
- Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD)
- Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA)
BREAKING: Nancy Pelosi announces that GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, a vocal critic of former President Trump, will serve along with House Democrats on the select committee investigating the Capitol insurrection: "We're very honored and proud she has agreed to serve on the committee" pic.twitter.com/mdg5y9wk4F
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“We are very honored and proud she has agreed to serve on the committee,” Pelosi said at the press conference with some of the members surrounding her.
Check out what Politico reported:
Cheney, who recently lost her leadership post over her vocal criticism of former President Donald Trump, was one of two Republicans who voted to establish the panel this week. The select committee will be led by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee and has been widely expected to be named to the post. Pelosi named two other committee leaders to the panel: House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff and House 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.).
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is already urging his GOP conference to stay far away from the panel’s work. McCarthy has warned several members of his conference that he could strip their committee assignments if they choose to participate. Asked about McCarthy’s threat, Pelosi dismissed the question from reporters: “I’m not talking about him. Go ask him about what he says.”
Cheney, who wasn’t at the press conference, followed up with a statement after learning she was appointed.
“What happened on January 6th can never happen again,” she said. “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.”