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Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the chair of the House select committee in charge of investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, announced Thursday that he has named Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as vice chair.

Why it matters: Cheney, who was already the committee's top Republican, is now the panel's second-ranking member, an unusual move for a committee dominated by Democrats due to House GOP leadership's refusal to participate.

  • Cheney was tapped by Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the committee following her removal as chair for the GOP conference over her criticism of former President Trump.
  • She has continued to be outspoken about Trump and his role in inciting the Jan. 6 attack, drawing anger from her fellow Republicans. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) is the only other Republican serving on the panel.

Driving the news: The committee, which held its first hearing in July, sent requests to federal agencies, social media outlets and other companies asking them to preserve records and documents that contained information related the Capitol riot, Politico reports.

What they're saying: "Rep. Cheney has demonstrated again and again her commitment to getting answers about Jan. 6, ensuring accountability, and doing whatever it takes to protect democracy for the American people," Thompson said.

  • "Her leadership and insights have shaped the early work of the Select Committee and this appointment underscores the bipartisan nature of this effort," he added.

Cheney accepted the position, saying "[e]very member of this committee is dedicated to conducting a non-partisan, professional, and thorough investigation of all the relevant facts regarding January 6th and the threat to our Constitution we faced that day."

  • "We owe it to the American people to investigate everything that led up to, and transpired on, Jan. 6. We will not be deterred by threats or attempted obstruction and we will not rest until our task is complete," she added.

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Jan. 6 committee recommends contempt charges against Bannon

Steve Bannon. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

The House select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night recommending that former Trump aide Steve Bannon be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena.

Why it matters: The resolution sets up a House vote to refer Bannon for potential criminal prosecution, signaling that the committee will not tolerate attempts by former President Trump and his associates to stymie the investigation.

Jan. 6 panel releases contempt report on Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon in New York in August 2020. Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Jan 6. select committee investigating the Capitol riot released a report and resolution on Monday night that seeks to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena.

Why it matters: The report is the first of several steps that need to be taken to hold the former Trump administration chief strategist in contempt of Congress after he failed to show up for a deposition before the panel last Thursday.

McConnell: GOP should move past Trump's "rehash" of 2020 election

Former President Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell at the White House. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters Tuesday that Republicans should be looking to "the future and not the past" when asked about how comfortable he was with the GOP "embracing" former President Trump.

Why it matters: CNN's Manu Raju posed the question after Trump attended a GOP retreat last week, noting that McConnell had said the former president was "morally responsible for provoking the events" on the day of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, per Business Insider.