Rep. Liz Cheney
(R-Wyo.) was named Thursday to the House
committee investigating the Donald Trump-inspired Capitol riot
on January 6
“We are extremely honored and proud that she has agreed to serve on the committee,” Pelosi said at a press conference announcing the committee members.
Pelosi went on to say in a statement about the committee that Jan. 6, when a violent mob of Trump supporters
attacked the United States
Capitol, injuring law enforcement
and defacing the building, was “one of the darkest days in our nation’s history
As a result of the riot, five people
“It is clear that January 6th was not just an attack on a building, but an attack on our very democracy
: an attack on the peaceful transfer of power; it is critical that we uncover the truth of that day and ensure that such an assault
on our Capitol and Democracy never happens again,” Pelosi said.
Cheney was removed from the Republican Party
's leadership for her support of Trump's impeachment
following the Capitol attack, and she was one of two Republicans
who voted with Democrats
to establish a special committee.
She has since been a vocal critic of her own party's leadership.
“Our nation, and the families of the brave law enforcement officers who were injured defending us or died as a result of the attack, deserve answers,” Cheney said this week in a statement. “I believe this select committee
is our only remaining option.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
(R-Calif.) has slammed the committee, calling it overly partisan and a way to further divide the country. On Thursday, reports surfaced that McCarthy privately threatened any Republican lawmaker who joined the committee with losing their committee assignments.
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