(ReliableNews.org) – Democrats could not get Senate Republicans to support their effort to establish a 9/11-style commission to investigate the events surrounding and leading up to the January 6 riot at the nation’s capital. So, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) found an end-around and passed a piece of legislation in the Democrat-controlled House on Wednesday, June 30. This legislation would allow her to form a select committee to investigate the incident.
Rumors immediately began circulating that Pelosi intended to appoint a Republican to the committee as part of an apparent attempt to manipulate public opinion into thinking it was a bi-partisan effort. However, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) wasn’t buying into it and reportedly issued a blanket threat to fellow Republicans that he would strip committee assignments from any Republican accepting an appointment from Pelosi.
McCarthy: No way Pelosi's appointing GOP members on Jan. 6 committee https://t.co/latmJQ3eqE
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 29, 2021
Sure enough, the following day, Pelosi appointed Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) to the select committee, an offer she graciously accepted. Political insiders expected the appointment. Cheney was one of only two Republicans who voted with Democrats to approve the formation of the select committee. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) was the other GOP House member who defected.
It remains unclear if McCarthy will stick to the plan and relieve Cheney of committee assignments, the kiss of death to a sitting member of Congress. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available in this breaking story.
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