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Pelosi appoints Republican Liz Cheney to newly approved Jan. 6 committee

Jul 01, 2021


The morning after the House of Representatives voted to create a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appointed Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as the lone Republican on the committee.

House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) will chair the committee, and the six other appointees include:

  • Pete Aguilar (D-CA)
  • Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
  • Elaine Luria (D-VA)
  • Stephanie Murphy (D-FL)
  • Jamie Raskin (D-MD)
  • Adam Schiff (D-CA)

Cheney’s appointment comes after Punchbowl News reported House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) threatened to strip freshmen Republicans of their committee assignments if they accepted an appointment to the committee from Pelosi. House Republicans voted to remove Cheney from a leadership post back in May,

In response to a question about McCarthy’s threats, Pelosi said, “I’m not responding to him. We’re making our presentation here. Go ask him about what he says, OK?”

Shortly after Pelosi’s announcement, McCarthy fielded a related question during his weekly news conference.

“I’m not making any threats about committee assignments, but you know how Congress works,” McCarthy said. “You get elected by your district, and you get your committees from your conference. When Jeff van Drew left the [Democratic] Party and became a Republican, he lost his committee assignments from the Speaker and got them from the Republican conference.”

“I don’t know in history where someone would go get their committee assignments from the Speaker and expect them to have them from the Conference as well,” McCarthy added.

In a follow-up question, McCarthy told reporters, “It was shocking to me that if a person is a Republican, they get their committee assignments from the Republican Conference. For somebody to accept committee assignments from Speaker Pelosi, that’s unprecedented.”

Cheney currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House:

“I am very proud to be able to announce the members of that committee this morning, our chairman will be Bennie Thompson. He’s chair of the Homeland Security Committee, and he negotiated the bipartisan commission and we thank him for his leadership. Chair Zoe Lofgren, House Administration Committee, which is having key hearings as a committee of jurisdiction for the safety of the Capitol. Intelligence being very important to this, Chair Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee, Pete Aguilar, House Appropriations Committee, that is a committee of jurisdiction for this, as well as being a member of the House administration committee. I’m saying this in seniority order. Congresswoman Liz Cheney of the Armed Services Committee has patriotically agreed to serve on the committee. She has a family matter she’s dealing with, may join us depending on how long this takes. But we’re very honored and proud that she has agreed to serve on the committee. Representative Stephanie Murphy of Armed Services Committee, Represenative Jamie Raskin, a constitutional scholar, as you all know, oversight committee, that is a committee, major committee of jurisdiction, the Committee on Oversight, also on the Judiciary Committee, which has standing on all of this, and then we’re very proud that Elaine Lauria, a Navy veteran, captain of the ship, maybe there’s a more technical,  what was the title? Retired commander. Oh, my gosh. And a member of the Armed Services Committee. Her interest in this is long standing in the Congress. She is also a member of the Homeland Security Committee.”

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