McCarthy 'shocked' Cheney accepted Jan. 6 panel assignment from Pelosi

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthySunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy McCarthy jokes it'll be hard not to 'hit' Pelosi with gavel if he is Speaker MORE (R-Calif.) said Thursday that he was "shocked" that Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris MORE (R-Wyo.) would accept an invitation from Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiManchin on reported boos at Democratic luncheon: 'I heard a lot of nos' Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy Ocasio-Cortez: Democrats can't blame GOP for end of eviction moratorium MORE (D-Calif.) to serve on the new select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

McCarthy said that he hadn't heard from Cheney and suggested that she is more allied with Democrats than the party in which she served as the third-ranking leader until her ouster in May.

"I was shocked that she would accept something from Speaker Pelosi," McCarthy told reporters in the Capitol.

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"It would seem to me, since I didn't hear from her, maybe she's closer to [Pelosi] than us. I don't know," he said.

McCarthy and his allies backed ousting Cheney as the House GOP conference chair for repeatedly pushing back on former President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE's false claims of election fraud and directly blaming him for inciting the mob of his supporters who tried to stop Congress from ratifying the election results.

When a reporter asked McCarthy if he believed Trump is accountable in any way for what led to the Jan. 6 attack, he avoided directly responding and pivoted to a recent Senate committee report that outlined law enforcement agencies' failure to prepare for the violence.

"There's so many failures along that way that happened the days before that allowed individuals to get into the building," McCarthy said, ignoring the reporter's attempt to press again specifically about Trump's role.

McCarthy further said that he is "not threatening anybody with committee assignments," but nevertheless indicated that Cheney was on thin ice with House Republicans for accepting the select committee assignment from Pelosi.

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"I don't know in history where someone would go get their committee assignments from the Speaker and expect to have them from the conference as well," McCarthy said.

Cheney and Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerSunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy MORE (R-Ill.) — who recently said he hasn't spoken with McCarthy in months — were the only Republicans to vote in favor of creating the House select committee Wednesday.

Cheney said that she is "honored" to be named to the panel.

"What happened on January 6th can never happen again. Those who are responsible for the attack need to be held accountable and this select committee will fulfill that responsibility in a professional, expeditious, and non-partisan manner," Cheney said in a statement on Thursday.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonHouse members will huddle Friday to plot next steps on Jan. 6 probe Budowsky: Liz Cheney, a Reagan Republican, and Pelosi, Ms. Democrat, seek Jan. 6 truth The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Officers recount the horror of Jan. 6 MORE (D-Miss.) will serve as the select panel's leader. Pelosi's other Democratic picks for the panel include Administration Committee Chairwoman Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenBiden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report House GOP blames Pelosi — not Trump — for Jan. 6 House erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role MORE (Calif.) and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffA new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign Officers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe MORE (Calif.), as well as Reps. Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarBiden backs effort to include immigration in budget package Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Five takeaways from a bracing day of Jan. 6 testimony MORE (Calif.), Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinHouse at war over Jan. 6 inquiry, mask mandate GOP Rep. Clyde defends 'normal tourist visit' comparison for Jan. 6 Five takeaways from a bracing day of Jan. 6 testimony MORE (Md.), Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyLawmakers can't reconcile weakening the SALT cap with progressive goals Select committee member thanks officers who responded Jan. 6: 'You were our last line of defense' House erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role MORE (Fla.) and Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaOvernight Defense: Watchdog blasts government's handling of Afghanistan conflict | Biden asks Pentagon to look into mandatory vaccines | Congress passes new Capitol security bill Overnight Defense: House Armed Services starts defense bill markups | Two Navy sailors die of COVID-19 | Pentagon reimposes mask mandate in some places Misled condemnation of the Lebanese Armed Forces will help Hezbollah MORE (Va.).

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Pelosi previously tapped Raskin to serve as the lead House prosecutor during Trump's second impeachment trial earlier this year.

"It is clear that Jan. 6 was not simply an attack on a building, but an attack on our very democracy: an attack on the peaceful transfer of power. It is imperative that we find the truth of that day and ensure that such an assault on our Capitol and democracy cannot ever again happen," Pelosi said when announcing the select committee members on Thursday.

McCarthy will be able to name five members to the select committee, but he gave no indication who, if anyone, he will choose to serve.

"When I have news on that, I'll give it to you," McCarthy said.