House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday evening introduced a partisan, Democrat-controlled select committee to investigate the January 6 Capitol riot.
Senate Republicans last month blocked legislation to establish Pelosi’s January 6 commission in its first filibuster of the Biden Administration so Pelosi is working around the GOP.
According to the resolution, the committee will be comprised of 13 members – eight of those members will be appointed by Pelosi and the other 5 will be picked with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
According to CNN, Pelosi is seriously considering appointing a Republican as one of her 8 picks.
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“Sadly, as of last week, there remains no prospect for additional votes from Republican Senators to create the National Commission to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol Complex,” Pelosi said in a statement on Monday. “January 6th was one of the darkest days in our nation’s history. It is imperative that we establish the truth of that day and ensure such an attack cannot again happen. The Select Committee will investigate and report upon the facts and causes of the attack and report recommendations for preventing any future assault.”
The committee chair will have subpoena power without any input from the Republican minority.
If Pelosi does choose a Republican member, she will likely choose a Trump-hating RINO like Liz Cheney.
Pelosi has praised Liz Cheney several times publicly for trashing Trump: “I do commend Cheney for her courage, for her patriotism.”
Cheney told reporters on Monday evening that whether she would serve on the committee is “up to the Speaker,” adding that she has not spoken to Pelosi about it, the Examiner reported.
The resolution will be voted on by the House this week.