(FreedomBeacon.com)- Last week in a 222 to 190 vote, the House of Representatives approved the establishment of a select committee to investigate the three-hour melee at the Capitol on January 6. Every Republican but two voted against the measure.
Unsurprisingly, it was Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) who were the two Republicans to side with the Democrats.
Immediately reporters began speculating that Pelosi would select one of these two anti-Trumpers to join her partisan select committee.
The 13-member select committee is set to include eight members selected by Speaker Pelosi and five to be selected by the House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy has not made any move to appoint anyone to the committee.
But on July 1, Pelosi made her choice of eight. And rather than select all Democrats, among her choices are seven highly partisan Democrats and . . . wait for it . . . “Republican” Liz Cheney.
BREAKING: Nancy Pelosi announces that GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, a vocal critic of former President Trump, will serve along with House Democrats on the select committee investigating the Capitol insurrection: "We're very honored and proud she has agreed to serve on the committee" pic.twitter.com/mdg5y9wk4F
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 1, 2021
Rather than stick with her party, Cheney accepted Pelosi’s invitation saying she was honored to be on the committee. Naturally, RINO also-ran Kinzinger praised Cheney’s selection.
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed surprise over Cheney’s decision to accept Pelosi’s invitation, adding “Maybe she’s closer to her than to us.”
Prior to Pelosi’s announcement, McCarthy had told Republicans that if anyone was to accept Pelosi’s invitation, “they better be prepared to get all their committee assignments from her.” Though he denies the implication, it certainly does appear that McCarthy is threatening to possibly strip Cheney of her committee assignments.
If Pelosi’s decision to put Cheney on the select committee was an attempt to put Republicans in a bind, she may regret the decision. Rather than making Republicans look bad, it only further alienates Cheney from both her Republican colleagues and from Republican voters. And because Cheney is out of step with both, rather than making the committee appear “bipartisan,” Pelosi’s choice of Cheney will only solidify the belief that the select committee is nothing but a partisan, political hatchet job.
As yet, Minority Leader McCarthy has not named anyone to Pelosi’s witch hunt.