Former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) told CNN’s Poppy Harlow that he was pleased that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) added Republican Reps. Liz Cheney (WY) and Adam Kinzinger (IL) to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6th insurgency — and then he offered some advice to the Democratic leader on how to counter House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s attacks on the committee.
Dent, a Republican who calls himself a “never Trumper,” said Pelosi had options at her disposal to quell McCarthy’s objections over the committee’s lack of Republicans.
“So, Charlie, Kinzinger said this is about my duty and my oath to the constitution above everything else. McCarthy said that Pelosi is doing this too, quote, ‘satisfy her political objectives.’ What do you see?” host Harlow began.
“Well, I think Kinzinger is serving for all of the right reasons; he wants accountability and answers to the big questions and wants to find facts and know why thousands of our fellow citizens decided to storm the Capitol and disrupt the peaceful transfer of power” he replied. “He’s doing it for all of the right reasons.”
“I think if Nancy Pelosi is smart about this, she’ll invite back the three [Republicans] who Kevin McCarthy removed from the committee and, if they don’t join, she’ll seek three more Republicans like [Reps.] Peter Meijer (R-MI), Fred Upton (R-MI) or others or Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA). That is what I would do.”
“Finally, the thing I would do — I would do to make sure this is fairly balanced — I would give Kinzinger and Cheney all of the time of the Republicans. If there are only two, give them the time of the other three so this looks more balanced,” he suggested. “And I think this is smart of Kinzinger and Cheney; hopefully give this committee a better feeling of credibility to the American public.”
On Wednesday, Rep. Liz Cheney agreed with Speaker Nancy Pelosi in rejecting two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s picks for the select committee investigating the violent Capitol Hill attack by Trump supporters.
She is standing firm in her support for a House select committee to investigate the deadly riots at the United States Capitol building on January 6th.
Cheney told reporters on Wednesday that she endorsed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to veto Representatives’ nominees Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN) to the committee, and she even went so far as to say that one of the two Republicans “may well be a material witness to events that led to” the deadly riots.
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McCarthy was also chastised for doing everything in his power to subvert any investigation into the riots.
“The rhetoric we have heard from the minority leader is disingenuous,” she said. “At every opportunity, the minority leader has attempted to prevent the American people from understanding what happened.”
Cheney pointed out that McCarthy and McConnell collaborated to demolish a plan for a bipartisan independent commission negotiated by House Republicans and Democrats, and she described the select committee as the next best alternative.
Pelosi’s move, and especially Cheney’s enthusiastic support of the strategy, infuriated Republicans across the board, igniting a wave of rage aimed directly at the Wyoming Republican.
”Is she a Republican?” Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) made a joke about Cheney. McCarthy chose Nehls as one of five Republicans to serve on the select panel.
The former No. 3 House Republican didn’t stop there, torching McCarthy and reiterating her commitment to the select committee investigation into the violent riot on the Capitol steps on Wednesday afternoon.