McCarthy warns House Republicans not to join Pelosi’s Jan. 6 committee, Pelosi names Cheney to the committee

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) just issued a warning to his fellow House Republicans.

According to Punchbowl News, McCarthy has threatened to strip any House Republican of their committee assignments if they agree to serve on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) January 6 select committee.

The threat

McCarthy, according to Punchbowl, made the threat during a closed-door meeting that House Republicans held on Wednesday.

The outlet reports McCarthy as saying something along the lines of: “If any Republican accepts an appointment from Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the Jan. 6 select committee, they better be ready to get all their committee assignments from her.”

According to the outlet, McCarthy followed that up by saying that Republicans “get their committee assignments from Republicans – not from Democrats. Or else.”

Background

This week, Pelosi and House Democrats created a select committee to investigate the riot that took place at the Capitol on January 6th.

The final vote was 222 to 190, in favor of creating the select committee. The two Republicans who voted with the House Democrats were Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), both of whose anti-Trump sentiments are well documented.

The January 6th committee is expected to consolidate at least two other investigations that are currently being led by House committees into the riot. The new select committee is also expected to have subpoena power.

Membership

The select committee will have 13 members in total. 8 of those members will be named by Pelosi, while the rest will be named by McCarthy.

At least one report indicates that McCarthy plans to choose “aggressive members,” such as Reps. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Jim Jordan (R-OH), or Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).

Pelosi has already announced her eight choices. They are Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Pete Aguilar (D-CA), Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Rep. Elaine Luria (VA), and, believe it or not, Cheney.

Of course, given the trajectory that Cheney has put herself on, there is no guarantee that she will be in Congress after the 2022 midterm elections. In the meantime, though, we’ll have to see whether McCarthy goes ahead and follows through on his threat to take away Cheney’s House assignments. Punchbowl opines that this would seem “like a bridge too far.”

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