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Pelosi names 8 members of Jan. 6 committee, including Republican Liz Cheney, to probe pro-Trump riot

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Reps are with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Adam Schiff (D-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Benny Thompson (D-MS) during their weekly formation of a select committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol discussed on News conference on July 1, 2021 in Washington, US.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday named members of the select committee that will investigate the January 6 uprising at the US Capitol, including Republican Representative Liz Cheney.

The California Democrats chose eight members of the panel, which was formed on Wednesday in a mostly party-line vote. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Cal., will have to weigh in on the committee’s other five delegates.

Every legislator is elected Democrat except for Cheney Pelosi, who was one of two GOP representatives who voted to form the committee. She was one of 10 Republicans who voted on former President Donald Trump for inciting a rebellion after a crowd of his supporters stormed the Capitol while Congress counted on President Joe Biden’s election victory.

Representative Liz Cheney, R-Vy., arrives for a House Armed Services Committee hearing titled Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense at the Rayburn Building on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

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With his committee selection, Pelosi chose:

  • Representative Benny Thompson, D-Miss., who will lead the panel
  • Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-California.
  • Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Vyo.
  • Rape. Zoe Lofgren, D-California.
  • Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va.
  • Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla.
  • Rep. Jamie Ruskin, D-MD.
  • Representative Adam Schiff, D-California.

“It is imperative that we find out the truth of that day and ensure that such attacks on our Capital and Democracy never happen again,” Pelosi said in a statement Thursday.

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Cheney said she was honored to be appointed to the committee.

“What happened on January 6 can never happen again,” the MP said in a statement. “Those responsible for the attack must be held accountable and this selection committee will fulfill that responsibility in a professional, prompt and non-partisan manner.”

The panel is formed after Democrats and Republicans split on whether Congress needs to do more to investigate what led to the attack on the Capitol that impeded the transfer of power.

Several GOP lawmakers – who see Trump’s role in the riots highlighting potential liability ahead of next year’s midterm elections – have argued that a new investigation would duplicate the current efforts of the Justice Department and standing congressional committees.

Underscoring Republican resistance to launching another investigation, McCarthy threatened to revoke GOP delegates’ committee seats if he accepted Pelosi’s appointment to the panel. According to NBC News.

The Democratic-led House set up the select committee after Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have created an independent commission to investigate the attack. Six GOP senators voted to move forward with the legislation.

The Select House Committee will investigate what led to the attack on the Capitol. The panel will issue a report on its findings and how to prevent another violent attempt to obstruct the transfer of power.

Asked on Thursday whether the committee would summon Trump, Pelosi did not say.

“I have made the appointments, the committee will take its decisions,” she said.

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