Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) criticized House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) after he withdrew his appointments for the Jan. 6 committee.
Cheney’s comments: Cheney, the only Republican that Pelosi selected to the committee, accused McCarthy of “disingenuous” rhetoric.
She said that he has tried to “prevent the American people from understanding what happened” during the Capitol riot at “every opportunity.”
When asked if McCarthy should become speaker if the GOP takes control of the House in 2022, Cheney said the position should go to someone who can show a “commitment to the Constitution and… the rule of law,” and that McCarthy “has not done that.”
Regarding Pelosi’s decision to veto two of McCarthy’s picks for the committee, Cheney said, “I agree with what the Speaker has done.”
“This must be an investigation that is focused on facts and the idea that any of this has become politicized is really unworthy of the office that we all hold and unworthy of our Republic,” she added.
How we got here: McCarthy revealed his pick for the select committee that’s expected to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot earlier this week.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who announced the formation of the committee last month, said she would give McCarthy the power to appoint five members on the committee in a bid to make the probe bipartisan.
On Wednesday, Pelosi vetoed two of McCarthy’s choices for the panel, Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). Both Jordan and Banks voted to challenge the certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral victory in January.
“I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee,” Pelosi said in a statement. “The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision.”
McCarthy slammed Pelosi’s move and pulled all of his picks.
“Denying the voices of members who have served in the military and law enforcement, as well as leaders of standing committees, has made it undeniable that this panel has lost all legitimacy and credibility and shows the Speaker is more interested in playing politics than seeking the truth,” McCarthy said in a statement.
“Unless Speaker Pelosi reverses course and seats all five Republican nominees, Republicans will not be party to their sham process,” McCarthy added.
He later said that “we will run our own investigation.”
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