WASHINGTON (AP) – Nancy Pelosi, President of the House, has appointed the President of the House of Homeland Security, Bennie Thompson, as the head of a new committee selected to investigate the January 6 insurgency at the Capitol. He also selected Republican Rep. Liz Cheney as a member.
The House approved the committee on Wednesday on the Republican objections. Cheney, a Wyoming deputy who was removed from the GOP leadership this year because of his criticism of President Donald Trump, was one of only two Republicans who supported forming the committee.
Pelosi moved to form the committee to investigate the attack by Trump supporters after Republican Senate blocked an independent, bipartisan unit survey.
THIS IS A FEATURE UPDATE. The AP’s earlier story follows below.
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has threatened to remove Republicans from their committees if they accept an appointment from Speaker Nancy Pelosi to join the new selection panel investigating the January 6 chapter riot, a headline GOP House aide said Thursday.
Warning McCarthy, R-California, underscored opposition party leaders to the new committee, created on Wednesday on a vote near party line 222-190, and their desire to shape the narrative about his work as much as they can. Republicans have complained that the panel will be dominated by Democrats and will produce a ditch, partisan report, though the GOP has already scuttled an earlier Democratic attempt to form a bipartisan unity commission.
McCarthy said at a closed-door meeting of first-term House GOP members on Wednesday that he, by Pelosi, D-California, oversees the placement of Republican committees, the assistant said. He told them that if Pelosi names them to the committee and they accept, they should plan on getting all the committee duties from him – an apparent threat to remove them from their current panels.
The assistant spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private meeting. The McCarthy threat was first reported by Punchbowl News, a political news organization.
The panel is led by Democrats, with Pelosi appointing a president with at least eight of the 13 members. The resolution gives him a possible say in the appointments of the other five members as well, directing that they will be called “after consultation” with McCarthy.
Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who was removed by Republicans in a House leadership job this year after repeated clashes with President Donald Trump, and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, another Trump critic, were the only Republicans to vote Wednesday in favor forming new committees.
GOP leaders have not said whether Republicans will even participate in the new panel.
The committee is investigating the capitol assassination by Trump supporters as Congress has formally affirmed its re-election defeat by Democrat Joe Biden. The attack caused five deaths and dozens of injuries and was the worst attack on the Capitol since the war of 1812