House Votes To Establish Select Committee To Investigate Capitol Riot

House Votes To Establish Select Committee To Investigate Capitol Riot

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31 min ago

McCarthy says select committee “seems pretty political”

From CNN’s From Ryan Nobles 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy leaves the House Chambers after a vote on creating a January 6th Committee at the U.S. Capitol on June 30. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

House Minority Kevin McCarthy still refuses to say if he will cooperate and offer up members to serve the Jan. 6th select committee. 

When asked by CNN if he has decided when he will offer up his appointments, McCarthy responded “no.”

When asked if he planned to cooperate and offer up appointments McCarthy responded “it seems pretty political to me.”

He did not respond when CNN asked if that meant he would not appoint anyone.

More on the committee: Under the House’s resolution that passed in the chamber today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will appoint eight members to the committee and McCarthy has five slots “in consultation” with Pelosi, meaning the House speaker could veto McCarthy’s selections.

The House’s select committee is expected to investigate both the security failings of the attack as well as the circumstances leading up to the attack. That’s likely to include an accounting of former President Trump’s role spreading lies about the election being stolen, as well as some Republican lawmakers who supported efforts to overturn the election. The committee could also examine McCarthy’s conversation with Trump by phone as the attack was unfolding.

Pelosi made the move to establish the committee after Senate Republicans blocked the formation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack.

Read more about the committee and today’s vote here.

CNN’s Jeremy Herb, Manu Raju, Ryan Nobles and Annie Grayer contributed reporting to this post

1 hr 1 min ago

Officers who defended the Capitol on Jan. 6 attended today’s vote

From CNN’s Jeremy Herb, Manu Raju, Ryan Nobles and Annie Grayer

The House voted Wednesday to create a new select committee that will investigate the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol after a bipartisan commission was blocked in May by Senate Republicans.

CNN reported Tuesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had invited representatives from both the US Capitol Police and the DC Metropolitan Police to be guests.

While lawmakers debated in the House chamber, officers injured during the Jan. 6 attack listened from the gallery.

Among the US Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Department members in attendance were USCP Officer Harry Dunn, MPD Officer Michael Fanone, MPD Officer Daniel Hodges, MPD Officer Abdulkadir Abdi, MPD Officer Carlton Wilhoit III and the mother and partner of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died the day after the insurrection.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California, shared some images on Twitter with the officers at the US Capitol:

53 min ago

What the House’s Jan. 6 select committee will do, according to the resolution passed in the chamber

From CNN’s Jeremy Herb, Manu Raju, Ryan Nobles and Annie Grayer

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The House voted Wednesday to create a select committee that will investigate the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, while House Republican leaders still aren’t saying whether they will participate in the panel.

The chamber voted 222-190 to formally create the select committee, with just two Republicans joining with Democrats to support its formation — Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.

The House’s vote today formalized the select panel that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last week, which she’s putting in place after Senate Republicans blocked the formation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the insurrection. Pelosi’s measure did not need to pass in the Senate.

Ahead of the vote, Pelosi said on the floor that she was “heartbroken” Congress could not establish a bipartisan commission. Even though the speaker said she was still “hopeful” that a bipartisan commission could happen in the future, Congress had to move forward with the select committee.

“We cannot wait,” Pelosi said Wednesday. “We believe that Congress must in the spirit of bipartisanship and patriotism establish this commission. And it will be conducted with dignity with patriotism with respect for the American people, so that they can know the truth.”

Here are key things to know about the committee:

  • What it will probe: The House’s select committee is expected to investigate both the security failings of the January 6 attack — when pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol and disrupted the certification of Joe Biden’s November 2020 victory — as well as the circumstances leading up to the attack. That’s likely to include an accounting of former President Trump’s role spreading lies about the election being stolen, as well as some Republican lawmakers who supported efforts to overturn the election. The committee could also examine McCarthy’s conversation with Trump by phone as the attack was unfolding.
  • How it will be organized: According to the resolution, the committee will be made up of 13 members. Eight of those members will be appointed by Pelosi, five will be picked in consultation with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. While Pelosi did not tip her hand as to who she plans to choose to chair or serve on the committee, an aide tells CNN that she is seriously considering a Republican as one of her eight picks. This select committee will be run by House Democrats, have subpoena power and will not be given a strict deadline to finish its work.
  • What Republicans are saying: Most House Republicans have criticized the select committee, accusing Democrats of creating a partisan panel that will be used to attack former President Donald Trump. House GOP Whip Steve Scalise recommended House Republicans oppose the select committee on Tuesday. And several Republicans who voted in favor of the bipartisan commission legislation said they would vote against the select committee.

Read more about today’s vote here.

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Just 2 Republicans voted for a select committee to investigate US Capitol attack

From CNN’s Jeremy Herb, Manu Raju, Ryan Nobles and Annie Grayer

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The House voted 222-190 to formally create a select panel to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Just two Republicans joined with Democrats to support its formation — Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.

Both Cheney and Kinzinger have been outspoken about the need to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol.

While the lawmakers said they would have preferred the bipartisan commission to the House-led panel, they argued that a thorough examination of the Jan. 6 insurrection was necessary.

“I believe this select committee is our only remaining option. I will vote to sup

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