BREAKING NEWS: Nancy Pelosi appoints Republican Rep. Liz Cheney to the Democrat’s Capitol riot select committee – after GOP leader Kevin McCarthy threatened to punish party members who serve
- Pelosi said she was ‘honored and proud’ Cheney would be joining committee
- Follows reports GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy threatened to strip committee assignments of any Republicans who joined
- Cheney voted to impeach Trump at his second trial when he was accused of insurrection over January 6
- She was voted out as GOP conference chair earlier this year and replaced by Elise Stefanik
‘We’re very honored and proud that she has agreed to serve on the committee,’ Pelosi said at her news conference Thursday when announcing news Cheney would join the panel.
Cheney voted to impeach Trump at his second trial when he was accused of insurrection over January 6.
Earlier this year she was voted out as the GOP Conference Chair and replaced with Elise Stefanik.
The appointment came after a report emerged Thursday morning that Republican Leader Kevin McCArthy threatened his party that if anyone accepted Pelosi’s appointment, he will no longer assign them to any other committees.
Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has selected Republican Liz Cheney to serve on the select committee that will investigate the Capitol riot
Cheney is the only Republican Pelosi chose for the committee. The other panel members include Democratic Representatives Adam Schiff, Zoe Lofgren, Pete Aguilar, Chris Murphy, Jamie Raskin and Elaine Luria.
McCarthy’s threat to his party came during a closed-door meeting with freshman House Republicans on Wednesday, although it is directed at all GOP members, and was relayed to Punchbowl News by multiple people present at the meeting.
‘I am not responding,’ Pelosi said when asked about reported McCarthy threat. ‘That is a matter for the Republican caucus.’
‘It’s not political, so I’m not getting involved in any discussion of what goes on in the Republican caucus.’
Those at the meeting said the House Minority leader warned if any accept Pelosi’s appointment they can get all their committee assignments from her form now on.
Republicans members get their committee assignments from Republicans – not from Democrats or any other entity.
Cheney, along with Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, voted for the creation and both also voted to impeach Donald Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection’ for the Capitol riot on January 6.
Although McCarthy could also move to strip members who accept the invitation of their committee assignments, that would be a radical step to make a point.
New York Republican John Katko, who originally supported a bipartisan commission, railed against the way Pelosi went about creating a committee to look into the January 6 events.
‘I led the charge to create a January 6th commission that would be external, independent, bipartisan, and equitable in membership and subpoena power,’ Katko said in a statement released Monday. ‘The select committee proposed by Speaker Pelosi is literally the exact opposite of that.’
On Wednesday, the House voted 222-190 for a resolution that would create the committee.