Kevin McCarthy overnight threatened to take committee assignments away from any member of his caucus who agreed to serve on the new Jan 6 select investigative committee. That’s the equivalent of the death penalty for a member of a political party. Liz Cheney has just agreed to join the committee at the invitation of Speaker Pelosi.
Pelosi just announced these members in a just released announcement.
Chair Bennie Thompson: Chair of Homeland Security Committee
Chair Zoe Lofgren: Chair of Committee on House Administration
Chair Adam Schiff: Chair of House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Rep. Pete Aguilar, House Administration and Appropriations Committees
Rep. Liz Cheney, Armed Services Committee
Rep. Stephanie Murphy, Armed Services Committee
Rep. Jamie Raskin, Oversight and Judiciary Committees
Rep. Elaine Luria, Navy veteran, Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees
Under the legislation there are 13 members. Pelosi chooses eight and then another five are chosen in consultation with Kevin McCarthy. He’s refusing to participate, even forbidding members to join. It’s not clear whether she’s just choosing eight and being done with it or leaving those open in case he changes his mind.