WASHINGTON (WTVA) - U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., has been chosen to lead the panel to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
Thompson is the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
Riot at the U.S. Capitol, Photo Date: 1/6/2021 | Credit: ZUMA / MGN | Image Source
U.S. Rep. Michael Guest (R-MS) | Source: guest.house.gov
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named seven Democrats to the panel and a single Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
Pelosi's remaining panel members are Virginia Congresswoman Elaine Luria, Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin, Florida Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, California Congressmen Pete Aguilar, Adam Schiff and Zoe Lofgren.
The committee is tasked to investigate the events of that day when hundreds of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in an attempt to interrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election victory.
On Wednesday, the House voted 222-190 to establish the committee.
According to NBC News, the committee will have 13 House members, with five being chosen by Pelosi in consultation with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and will have the power to subpoena witnesses and documents.
Congressman Michael Guest, R-Miss., voted against the resolution to create the committee.
His office released this statement on Wednesday.
“I am firmly opposing Speaker Pelosi’s Select Committee to ‘investigate’ the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. Speaker Pelosi’s Select Committee is set up to operate more like the partisan impeachment process than a real investigation, and it will only be used to attack the political opponents of the Democratic Party.”
Note: Guest quote added at 11:10 a.m.