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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is one of eight members she has selected to serve on the select committee that will investigate the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

Why it matters: The former GOP conference chair was ousted from leadership for her opposition to Donald Trump's election lies. She is the only Republican hand-picked by Pelosi to serve on the 13-member committee.

  • The committee will consolidate several House investigations. It was formed after Republicans blocked a bill that would have established a bipartisan 9/11-style commission to probe the attack.
  • The remaining five members will be picked in consultation with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), though he has not yet indicated whether other Republicans intend to participate.

Between the lines: In a closed-door meeting with freshmen Republicans Wednesday, McCarthy warned they would be stripped from their committee assignments if they accepted a position on the select committee from Pelosi, two sources familiar with the discussions tell Axios' Alayna Treene.

  • The warning was first reported by Punchbowl News.

The members: In order of seniority, according to Pelosi ...

  • Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), as chairman.
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)
  • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)
  • Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.)
  • Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.)
  • Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.)
  • Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.)
  • Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.)

What they're saying: "I'm honored to have been named to serve on the January 6th select committee. Congress is obligated to conduct a full investigation of the most serious attack on our Capitol since 1814," Cheney said in a statement.

  • "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," she added.

The other side: McCarthy said he was "shocked that [Cheney] would accept something from Speaker Pelosi."

  • "What I’m saying is, it was shocking to me that if a person is a Republican, they get their committee assignments for the Republican conference," McCarthy told reporters during a press conference. "For somebody to accept committee assignments from Speaker Pelosi, it's unprecedented."
  • "It would seem to me, since I didn't hear from her, that maybe she's closer to her than us," He added.

Thompson, who crafted the legislation to create a bipartisan commission as chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, said at a press briefing, "I look forward to coming up with the causes and effect. It will come in due time. I can't give it a timeline."

  • "We will let the facts help determine how long we will meet, but I assure you that the product will be a product based on investigations, based on what those investigations bring forward," he added.

Editor's note: This post has been corrected to reflect that Pete Aguilar represents California (not Texas).

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Why it matters: The 394-page report from Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee marks the most extensive public investigation to date into Trump's pressure campaign in the wake of the 2020 election, drawing on interviews with three top former DOJ officials and hundreds of pages of emails, calendars and other documents.

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Driving the news: "Yesterday, despite being fully vaccinated, I tested positive for COVID-19," she wrote in a statement. "My symptoms are mild and I am quarantining at home and following CDC and local health guidelines."