heThe House voted Wednesday to create a select committee that will investigate the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, while House Republican leaders still aren't saying whether they will participate in the panel.
The chamber voted 222-190 to formally create the select committee, with just two Republicans joining with Democrats to support its formation — Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.
The House's vote today formalized the select panel that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last week, which she's putting in place after Senate Republicans blocked the formation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the insurrection. Pelosi's measure did not need to pass in the Senate.
Ahead of the vote, Pelosi said on the floor that she was "heartbroken" Congress could not establish a bipartisan commission. Even though the speaker said she was still "hopeful" that a bipartisan commission could happen in the future, Congress had to move forward with the select committee.
"We cannot wait," Pelosi said Wednesday. "We believe that Congress must in the spirit of bipartisanship and patriotism establish this commission. And it will be conducted with dignity with patriotism with respect for the American people, so that they can know the truth."
Here are key things to know about the committee:
- What it will probe: The House's select committee is expected to investigate both the security failings of the January 6 attack — when pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol and disrupted the certification of Joe Biden's November 2020 victory — as well as the circumstances leading up to the attack. That's likely to include an accounting of former President Trump's role spreading lies about the election being stolen, as well as some Republican lawmakers who supported efforts to overturn the election. The committee could also examine McCarthy's conversation with Trump by phone as the attack was unfolding.
- How it will be organized: According to the resolution, the committee will be made up of 13 members. Eight of those members will be appointed by Pelosi, five will be picked in consultation with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. While Pelosi did not tip her hand as to who she plans to choose to chair or serve on the committee, an aide tells CNN that she is seriously considering a Republican as one of her eight picks. This select committee will be run by House Democrats, have subpoena power and will not be given a strict deadline to finish its work.
- What Republicans are saying: Most House Republicans have criticized the select committee, accusing Democrats of creating a partisan panel that will be used to attack former President Donald Trump. House GOP Whip Steve Scalise recommended House Republicans oppose the select committee on Tuesday. And several Republicans who voted in favor of the bipartisan commission legislation said they would vote against the select committee.
Read more about today's vote here.