Pelosi: Jan. 6 Commission is about finding truth
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the rejection of two Republicans to be on a committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is about “not wasting time” when we need the find the truth for the American people. (July 22)
- Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., will serve as the chairman for the select committee
- Republican Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger will sit on the select committee created to investigate the Jan 6. attack.
- Reps. Jamie Raskin and Adam Schiff, who both played large roles in Trump’s impeachment trials, are a part of the nine member group
WASHINGTON – The House select committee created to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is scheduled to have its first hearing Tuesday despite House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., pulling Republicans from participating in the committee.
McCarthy’s actions came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., rejected Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana, two of his five appointees to the committee, from sitting on the panel, citing that they would undermine the integrity of the committee.
Although Pelosi said she’d accept McCarthy’s other three appointees – Reps. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Troy Nehls of Texas – McCarthy went forward and yanked his picks and threatened to create Republicans’ own investigation.
“Unless Speaker Pelosi reverses course and seats all five Republican nominees, Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts,” McCarthy said.
Despite McCarthy’s actions, Pelosi has continued forward and appointed another Republican member to the committee to join the other eight members she previously appointed.
Rep. Liz Cheney
Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming is one of the two Republicans appointed by Pelosi to the select committee. Cheney was originally the only Republican Pelosi appointed when she named her picks to sit on the panel.
The Wyoming representative has been a critical voice of the Republican party since the Jan. 6 attack, including condemning former President Donald Trump for his role in the attack while also calling, then later voting, to impeach him.
She also was one of only two Republicans in the House to vote in favor of creating the select committee.
Cheney, who was the third highest ranking Republican in the House, was ousted from GOP leadership after condemning the former president’s actions and voting to impeach him.
After the vote to remove Cheney from leadership, she vowed to “do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.”
Cheney also condemned McCarthy’s actions to pull all Republicans from the panel, calling it “despicable.”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois was a recent addition to the committee by Pelosi after McCarthy pulled his five appointees from sitting on the panel.
Kinzinger, like Cheney, has been an outspoken and critical member of the GOP. He was one of the ten Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after the insurrection on Jan. 6. Kinzinger was the other Republican with Cheney to vote for the select committee.
Pelosi named Kinzinger as a member of the committee on Sunday, saying in a statement, “He brings great patriotism to the committee’s mission: to find the facts and protect our democracy.”
Kinzinger later shared a statement on Twitter, saying that he “humbly accepted” Pelosi’s offer to be a part of the committee and that “when duty calls, I will always answer.”
The Illinois Republican has also condemned several members of his party and even was one of the 11 House Republicans that voted to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., from her committees due to her previous incendiary social media posts.
Kinzinger was also the first GOP member to call for the resignation of fellow Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida after reports that Gaetz was implicated in a federal investigation of sex trafficking allegations.
Rep. Bennie Thompson
Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, will serve as the committee chairman.
One of Pelosi’s initial committee appointees, Thompson called Jan. 6 a “horrible day” and one that is “still almost surreal that it even occurred.”
“We have to get it right,” Thompson, the only Democrat in the Mississippi delegation, said.
Pelosi appointed Thompson as chairman after he worked with Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., on legislation to create an independent, bipartisan commission to investigation Jan. 6. That legislation died in the Senate.
Thompson sued Trump after the Capitol riot, accusing the former president of inciting the deadly assault and of conspiring with his lawyers and extremist groups to prevent the certification of the 2020 presidential election results.
The lawsuit named Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and other groups, including the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, as defendants.
Thompson, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, also called on fellow lawmakers to remove anything bearing the Confederate flag emblem from the House.
“Continuing to display a symbol of hatred, oppression, and insurrection that nearly tore our union apart and that is known to offend many groups throughout the country would irreparably damage the reputation of this august institution and offend the very dignity of the House of Representatives,” Thompson said on the House floor in June.
Rep. Elaine Luria
Virginia Rep. Elaine Luria is another Democrat Pelosi tapped to serve on the select committee.
Luria pitched herself to Pelosi to serve on the committee, feeling personally motivated to be on the panel, according to the Washington Post.
The retired Navy commander told 13 News Now that she believes Pelosi chose her to serve because she’s the longest-serving active duty member in the caucus and that she sees her role as a continuation of her oath she took both in the Navy and Congress.
Luria first took the oath to “defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic” at 17, when she served on aircraft carriers in the Middle East, the Virginia Democrat told the Washington Post.
“The idea of that ‘and domestic’ part would be front and center after having an insurrection and a mob of thousands of people attempting to overrun the Capitol,” Luria told the Post. “I don’t think a few years ago that one could have foreseen something like that happening in America.”
Rep. Jamie Raskin
Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, who garnered national attention when he served as lead House impeachment manager for Trump’s second impeachment, will also serve on the committee.
A constitutional law professor, Raskin drafted the article of impeachment against Trump after the Jan. 6 attack before leading the prosecution for House Democrats.
In a statement Raskin said the committee would investigate questions around who organized the attack on the Capitol and why, calling the information “essential for every American.”
Rep. Stephanie Murphy
Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphyalso is among the members on the committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
“My goal is simple and straightforward: to find the truth of what happened, and why it happened, so we can ensure that it never happens again,” Murphy saidin a statement. “I will follow the facts wherever, and to whomever, they lead — without preconceived conclusions and through a strictly non-partisan lens.”
Rep. Pete Aguilar
Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif.,
said he is “honored to have been selected” to serve in a July statement. Aguilar also described Jan. 6 as “one of the darkest days in our country’s history.”
“The attack on the Capitol and our democracy left five dead, more than 140 police officers injured, and members and staff traumatized. We owe them—and we owe the American people— a fair, thorough and evidence-based investigation into what happened that day so that we can ensure it never happens again,” Aguilar said in a statement.
Rep. Adam Schiff
Similar to Raskin, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., rose to prominence due to his role in Trump’s first impeachment trial, when he was the lead impeachment manager. .
Schiff said in a statement that the committee’s duty is to “investigate the events leading up to and during the violent insurrection, and to determine how to best protect our fragile democracy moving forward.”
“We will have a full accounting of that deadly day, and we will endeavor to do so with bipartisan sobriety,” Schiff added.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren
Along with both committee members Schiff and Raskin, California Rep. Zoe Lofgren was also involved in prosecuting one of Donald Trump’s impeachment trials.
The House Administration Committee, which Lofgren chairs, has held hearings focused on the reaction to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Lofgren shared that she was “honored” to be asked to serve on the committee, saying, in a statement, that she will serve with a “profound commitment to our constitution and to finding the truth.”
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