GOP Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who was Appointed to selection committee Jan 6 The rhetoric surrounding the investigation by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and by GOP members whom Pelosi rejected from being put on the committee is “outrageous.”
“The American people deserve to know what happened. Those who did this should be held accountable,” Cheney, a vocal critic of former President Trump, told reporters outside the US Capitol.
“There must be an investigation that is fair, that is quiet, that is serious, that reaches the facts, wherever they may lead, and on every occasion, the minority leader has attempted to prevent the American people from understanding That’s what happened. Stop this investigation,” Cheney said.
Cheney said he agreed with Pelosi’s decision to decline two GOP members appointed by McCarthy to the committee, Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana, “I agree with what the speaker has done.”
“Today, the speaker objected to two Republican members. He accepted three others. He objected to two. One of whom may have been a physical witness to the events of the day that led to January 6. The other, who Disqualified from his comments, especially, in the last 24 hours. Demonstrating that he is not taking it seriously. He is not dealing with the facts of this investigation, but seeing it as a political platform. This investigation should go ahead,” he said.
Cheney continued, “The idea that anyone would be playing politics with an attack on the United States Capitol is despicable and shameful.”
Asked if McCarthy is eligible to be Speaker of the House, Cheney told CNN’s Manu Raju:
“I think that any person who will run third for the presidency must demonstrate a commitment to the Constitution and to the rule of law – and Minority Leader McCarthy hasn’t.”
Cheney’s continued involvement keeps the committee bipartisan, even without being appointed by McCarthy. McCarthy criticized Pelosi’s decision today and pulled the GOP members they chose from the committee, adding that unless the House speaker “reverses the course of all five Republican candidates, Republicans will not be parties to their pretentious process and will instead conduct our own investigation of the facts.”
Check out Cheney’s comment to reporters:
CNN’s Annie Grier, Jeremy Herb, Ryan Nobles and Daniela Diaz contributed reporting to this post.