Privately, lawmakers predict that McCarthy — if he opts to appoint members — will gravitate towards controllable Trump acolytes who can work to snarl the select committee’s progress.
Already some of the GOP’s biggest firebrands are asking McCarthy to join the panel, with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia publicly pushing to be seated on the panel. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida is also openly expressing his interest. And Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado is also seeking to land a spot, according to GOP conference sources.
On the other end of the House Republican spectrum, two members who voted to certify Trump’s loss said on condition of anonymity that they want nothing to do with the select committee out of fear that its work would capture Trump’s notice.
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NEW from me: In the days after 1/6, tensions were so high that a House Republican had a list of 6 GOP colleagues they were privately encouraging other members to censure.
Now, the political headwinds have dramatically changed. https://t.co/dFQemfb4JA
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) June 29, 2021