Kevin McCarthy Warns House GOP He, Not Nancy Pelosi, Controls Committee Assignments

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy warned Republicans against joining the January 6 committee if they were named by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying that he, not Pelosi, controls Republicans' committee assignments, a top House GOP aide said Thursday.

McCarthy threatened to strip Republicans of their committee assignments should they accept, saying they should plan on getting committee assignments from Pelosi instead, which would remove them from their current panels.

The closed-door meeting was held by McCarthy with first-term House GOP members on Wednesday. The aide spoke on the condition of anonymity as the meeting was private.

Republicans have opposed the committee but also complained the panel will be dominated by Democrats and result in a partisan report. Democrats earlier attempted to form a bipartisan commission, which was also rejected by Republicans.

McCarthy's threat was first reported by the political news organization Punchbowl News.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below:

Kevin McCarthy
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, holds his weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol June 13 in Washington, D.C. McCarthy threatened to remove House GOP members from their current panels during a private meeting on Wednesday if they accept a position from Nancy Pelosi on the January 6 committee. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

On Thursday, Pelosi named Republican Rep. Liz Cheney and seven Democrats to a new select committee to investigate the violent January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will lead the panel. It will investigate what went wrong around the Capitol when hundreds of supporters of then-President Donald Trump broke into the building, hunted for lawmakers and interrupted the congressional certification of Democrat Joe Biden's election victory.

Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, said in a statement she is "honored" to serve on the committee and "Congress is obligated to conduct a full investigation of the most serious attack on our Capitol since 1814."

The House approved the panel on Wednesday over the objections Republicans. Cheney, who was removed from GOP leadership this year because of her criticism of Trump, was one of only two Republicans who supported forming the committee.

Pelosi, a Democrat from California, formed the committee after Senate Republicans blocked an independent, bipartisan probe.

Besides Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, the other Democratic members of the panel will be Reps. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, Zoe Lofgren of California, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Stephanie Murphy of Florida and Pete Aguilar of Texas.

Pelosi had the authority to appoint a chairperson and at least eight of the 13 members. The resolution gives her a possible say in the appointment of the other five members as well, directing that they will be named "after consultation" with McCarthy.

Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, another Trump critic, were the only Republicans to vote in favor of forming the new committee.

GOP leaders have not said whether Republicans will even participate in the new panel.

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In this May 12 file photo Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, speaks to reporters in Washington, D.C. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has named House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson as the head of a new select committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. She also picked Cheney as a member. J. Scott Applewhite, File/AP Photo