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Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

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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House approves select committee to investigate Jan. 6 Capitol riot

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The House voted 222-190 on Wednesday to create a select committee to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Why it matters: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi moved forward with the creation of a committee controlled by Democrats after Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have established a bipartisan 9/11-style commission to probe the Jan. 6 attack.

By the numbers: Proxy voting in House

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Data: Brookings Institution/Clerk of the House of Representatives; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) recently worked from home and voted by proxy after having knee replacement surgery, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she will extend the practice for all members into August.

Why it matters: Congress instituted the system — allowing members to assign someone else to vote for them — as a precaution against spreading the coronavirus. Since then, its use in the House has vacillated, according to data from the House Clerk collected by the Brookings Institution.

House targets secret White House visitors

Photo illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios. Photo: Doug Mills/New York Times/Pool/Getty Images

A House committee is trying to force the White House to disclose its virtual visitors, using the power of the purse to push the West Wing to retroactively reveal who's been Zooming-in since January.

Why it matters: President Biden's team has begun disclosing in-person visitors, resuming a practice abandoned by Donald Trump. But the pandemic has forced huge segments of its work into cyberspace, and transparency advocates say the continued refusal to disclose virtual visitors is keeping the public in the dark.