Minority Leader McCarthy Warns Members About Accepting Pelosi Offer To Serve On Jan. 6 Committee (UPDATE ADDED)
[guest post by Dana]
Since Senate Republicans defeated efforts to form a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Nancy Pelosi has formed a committee to do the job. As such, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is apparently making it clear to members that they would be better of not accepting any offer from Pelosi to serve on the committee:
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday issued a blanket threat during a meeting with freshmen members of his caucus that he would strip any Republican member of their committee assignments if they accept an offer from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the select committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection, according to two GOP sources with knowledge of the matter.
McCarthy’s threat comes after the House voted to establish the committee. Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois were the only two Republican members to vote in favor of its formation. It’s not yet clear whether Pelosi will appoint Republicans to the commission, but the threat from McCarthy underscores how he feels about any members accepting an offer from the Democrats to serve on the committee.
After Wednesday’s vote, McCarthy refused to say if he will cooperate and offer up members to serve on the committee, telling CNN, “It seems pretty political to me.”
The select committee will consist of eight members appointed by Democrats and four members appointed by Republicans. Reportedly (and sensibly), Pelosi will veto any Republican member who has pushed Trump’s Big Lie about the election while rejecting the certification of Joe Biden’s election win.
Meanwhile, Rep. Liz Cheney believes that Pelosi’s committee is the only way to get the answers Americans need – and demand:
Our nation, and the families of the brave law enforcement officers who were injured defending us or died following the attack, deserve answers. I believe this select committee is our only remaining option.
Rep. Kinzinger said he would consider serving on the committee if asked:
“It’s not necessarily anything I look forward to doing, but if I thought my voice was needed to get to the bottom of it, it would be something I would be open to,” he told a local TV station Wednesday.
I’ll leave you with this comment from a few weeks ago:
A large chunk of the GOP is denying what happened. Many are still saying it was a false flag designed to “make Trump look bad.” Some are claiming that there was no forced entry because one police officer opened a door somewhere. Many are denying the clear video evidence of assaults on the Capitol police. Most are denying the open calls for executing “traitors.” Trumpers are claiming that Capitol police are lying about what they experienced. And most are denying that their hero did anything at all to incite an attack on the legislature.
And we don’t really know what Donald J. Trump was doing while it all unfolded. Wouldn’t it be important to know that, and what conversations he had with legislators, and why there was such a long delay in sending more security, and what communication some legislators may have had with the attackers?
Why do most Republicans not want us to know all that?
P.S. As recently as last week, you-know-who was still spouting the Big Lie before an audience of approximately 20,000 supporters.
P.P.S. Just in:
Pelosi names Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) to the 1/6 special cmte
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) July 1, 2021
UPDATE: Lol, Kevin McCarthy:
.@GOPLeader on Rep. Liz Cheney joining January 6th Committee: "I was shocked that she would accept something from Speaker Pelosi. It would seem to me since I didn't hear from her, maybe she's closer to her than us. I don't know." pic.twitter.com/5swSaNqEqT
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 1, 2021