Ted Cruz Brands January 6 Commission "Sham" as Nancy Pelosi Appoints Adam Kinzinger

Ted Cruz has hit out at Nancy Pelosi and branded the January 6 commission a "sham" in a scathing Twitter attack.

The firebrand Republican Senator called out the Democrat House Speaker as she prepares a panel to examine the cause of the riot at the U.S. Capitol and how to avoid repeat scenes.

Sen. Cruz said in the tweet, uploaded on Sunday: "Nancy Pelosi's sham 'commission' (consisting only of people who voted to impeach Trump):"

Cruz's message was accompanied by a GIF showing the Queen of Hearts from Disney's animated take on Alice in Wonderland, with her quote: Sentence First! Verdict afterward."

It refers to a part of the story in which the queen wants to sentence Alice immediately, before she allows witnesses to be heard. Cruz has been contacted for further comment.

His remark comes as the committee prepares to commence its investigation into the riot, which Republicans have accused of already holding an anti-Trump bias.

Nancy Pelosi’s sham “commission” (consisting only of people who’ve already voted to impeach Trump): pic.twitter.com/Q88LeIylgB

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 25, 2021

This view was further cemented in the minds of some GOP lawmakers when Pelosi added outspoken Trump critic Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-ILL) to the committee.

Following his appointment, Kinzinger said: "I swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution—and while this is not the position I expected to be in or sought out when duty calls, I will always answer."

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), another Trump critic, was also selected to serve on the committee. But many Republicans have been critical of other elements of the commission.

Their concerns grew after Pelosi blocked Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), both Trump loyalists, which in turn led House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to pull other Republicans from the panel.

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) hit out at the Democrats on Sunday and said they would use the commission to vocalize biased political leanings.

"It is politically to the advantage of Democrats to try and keep this issue in the forefront," Toomey told CNN on Sunday morning.

Pelosi has since justified her selections and also stated the aims and goals of the commission in a public statement.

It’s Congress’s duty to the Constitution to find the truth of the insurrection & to ensure such an assault on our Democracy can’t happen again. The January 6th Committee will find the facts in a way that has the confidence of the American people: w/ bipartisanship & patriotism. pic.twitter.com/vLlCjZFKRi

— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 25, 2021

In a statement shared on Twitter, Pelosi outlined her aims for the commission: "It's Congress's duty to the Constitution to find the truth of the insurrection and to ensure such an assault on our Democracy can't happen again.

"The January 6th Committee will find the facts in a way that has the confidence of the American people: w/ bipartisanship and patriotism."

Senator Ted Cruz
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at a news conference on the U.S. Southern Border on May 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. Sen. Cruz hit out at Nancy Pelosi on Twitter. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images