House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) received support from an unusual source on Wednesday as Wyoming Republican Sen. Liz Cheney agreed with her decision to reject two of House Leader Kevin McCarthy’s choices for her House select committee to investigate Jan. 6.
“I agree with what the speaker has done,” Cheney, who Pelosi appointed to the panel earlier this month, told reporters outside the Capitol Wednesday, according to The Washington Examiner.
“This is the only option left,” Cheney added. “People must be willing to put their oath to the Constitution above partisan politics. … And I’m actually doing that. I’m committed to ensuring this investigation is one that gets to the truth of what happened here on Jan. 6.”
If Republicans move forward with their own committee, Cheney will be the only GOP member among Pelosi’s current eight-member group.
Cheney was one of 10 Republican House members who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump following the events of Jan. 6. She had often also been an outspoken opponent of Trump prior to the event.
Republican House members voted Cheney out of leadership in the weeks to follow. The congresswoman also faced censure from her own state’s Republican Party.
Trump has also committed to endorsing a new Republican candidate to defeat Cheney in the midterm primary race. If so, Cheney won’t have long to serve in her new role.
The investigation of Jan. 6 will certainly continue for some time, but it appears Cheney may be the only Republican willing to work with Pelosi on the terms Democrats are offering.