Pelosi taps GOP Rep. Liz Cheney for House select committee to investigate Jan. 6

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced Republican Rep. Liz Cheney will serve on the House select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

“We are very honored and proud she has agreed to serve on the committee,” Pelosi said Thursday.

PHOTO: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, flanked by Reps. Adam Schiff, Zoe Lofgren  and House Homeland Security Committee Chair Benny Thompson, discusses the formation of a select committee to investigate the attack on the Capitol in Washington, July 1, 2021.

At her press conference on Capitol Hill, Pelosi also announced House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., will serve as the chair of the committee, which was widely expected.

The other Democrats tapped by Pelosi to serve on the committee are Reps. Zoe Lofgren, Adam Schiff, Pete Aguilar, Stephanie Murphy, Jamie Raskin and Elaine Luria.

Cheney, who has been an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump in the wake of the attack and stripped of her No. 3 GOP leadership role earlier this year, said in a statement she was “honored” to be named though she did not appear with Democrats on Thursday.

PHOTO: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi discusses the formation of a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol during her weekly news conference in Washington, July 1, 2021.

“Our oath to the Constitution, our commitment to the rule of law, and the preservation of the peaceful transfer of power must always be above partisan politics,” she said.

PHOTO: Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney speaks during a news conference following a House Republican caucus meeting in Washington on April 20, 2021.

The House approved a resolution Wednesday to green-light the creation of a select committee after a vote for a bipartisan, independent commission — similar to one formed after the Sept. 11 attacks — failed to pass the Senate earlier the month.

The resolution required a majority vote in the House for the committee to be formed and it passed mostly along party lines — other than Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., breaking from Republicans.

PHOTO: Security forces respond with tear gas after President Donald Trump's supporters breached the U.S. Capitol security, in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021.

Pelosi introduced the measure earlier in the week, which states the committee will include 13 members. Eight of those members will be selected by Pelosi, while the five others will be selected by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, in consultation with Pelosi.

“As we enter the Fourth of July weekend to observe the birth of our nation, we do so with increased responsibility to honor the vision of our Founders and to defend our American Democracy,” Pelosi said in a statement announcing her committee choices.

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