Politics

Is the House Select Committee on January 6 Dead?

The Republicans tried to kill it

John Dean
Dean’s List
Published in
4 min readJul 23, 2021

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Is The Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol dead? After Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two Republican appointees to the committee, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew his other four appointees and announced that his party would not participate in the investigation. That leaves the Committee with seven Democrats and pariah Liz Cheney (R-WY) as the only nominal Republican.

Some believe that effectively kills the Committee. That conclusion is wrong.

Still a bipartisan committee

Despite McCarthy’s action, the Select Committee is still bipartisan due to the Cheney accepting Nancy Pelosi’s appointment. That action now seems brilliant. Cheney voted to impeach Donald Trump on January 13 for his role in the insurrection at the Capitol. As a member of the Committee, she will participate in the investigation and lend credibility to it as a result of her conservative credentials.

McCarthy is angry and shows it in his appointments

The Select Committee got off to a bad start after Speaker Pelosi selected Liz Cheney as a Democratic appointee. McCarthy was not

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