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Pelosi names members of Jan. 6 Capitol attack panel, includes GOP's Liz Cheney

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Kyle Barnett
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., seen here on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on June 23, was announced as a member of the investigative committee on Thursday. Photo by Sarah Silbiger/UPI
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., seen here on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on June 23, was announced as a member of the investigative committee on Thursday. Photo by Sarah Silbiger/UPI | License Photo

July 1 (UPI) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday announced the appointment of Republican Rep. Liz Cheney to a newly created committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Cheney's selection comes after her recent removal from Republican leadership over her outspoken stance against former President Donald Trump.

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"Congress is obligated to conduct a full investigation of the most serious attack on our Capitol since 1814," Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said in a statement Wednesday.

"That day saw the most sacred space in our Republic overrun by an angry and violent mob attempting to stop the counting of electoral votes and threatening the peaceful transfer of power."

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House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy threatened to strip committee assignments for all Republican members who will accept Pelosi's offer to serve on the investigative panel.

The House approved the committee's creation in a 222-190 vote Wednesday. Cheney, of Wyoming, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., were the only Republicans to vote for the panel.

Kinzinger noted that he'd be open to serving on the committee, as well.

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Cheney is one of eight members appointed to the panel by Pelosi. McCarthy is allotted five selections to fill "in consultation" with Pelosi.

Asked earlier this week whether she was considering vetoing McCarthy's proposals, Pelosi said, "We'll see who they nominate."

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., will chair the committee, Pelosi said.

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Others appointees to the committee announced Thursday include Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.,; Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Pete Aguilar, D-Calif.; Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla.; Jamie Raskin, D-Md.; and Elaine Luria, D-Va.

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