House Democrats have gone ahead and created a select committee to investigate the riot that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, Breitbart reports.
The vote on whether or not to create the committee was held on Wednesday. The final tally was 222, in favor, 190, against. Two Republicans voted along with their Democratic colleagues in favor of the committee: Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).
Cheney, in a statement that she released on her decision, expressed her belief that “this select committee is our only remaining option.” Kinzinger, on the other hand, said that he would prefer an independent commission, but that the select committee is better than nothing.
What will it do?
According to reports, the select committee will consolidate other January 6th investigations that are being led by the House’s Homeland Security Committee and the House Oversight Committee.
Regarding the select committee’s purpose, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) put out a statement in which she said the following:
We have a duty to the Constitution and to the American people to find the truth of Jan. 5 and to ensure that such an assault on our Democracy can never happen again. And rather than being frivolous with the facts, we are going to be prayerful and patriotic to honor the concerns of the American people by seeking and finding the truth to protect our country.
It ought to be noted that the select committee will have the power to issue subpoenas.
The select committee’s composition
In total, the select committee will have 13 members. 8 of them, including the chair, will be chosen by Pelosi, while House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will have a say in five of them.
What remains unclear is whether any Republicans will be named to the committee. Previously, there were reports indicating that they wouldn’t in order not to justify this partisan probe. But, a more recent report suggests that McCarthy will choose some “aggressive members,” such as Reps. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Byron Donalds (R-FL), Scott Perry (R-PA), and Mark Green (R-TN).
We’ll have to wait and see what McCarthy chooses to do.
One Democratic representative, Joe Neguse (D-CO), recently said that he expects McCarthy to be called to testify before the select committee, given his phone call with then-President Donald Trump on January 6th.
“I would anticipate that he would be called before the committee, and that may extend to others as well,” Neguse said.”
Expect this new select committee to be heavily partisan and a way for Democrats to try to gain some political points ahead of the forthcoming elections.