(WatchDogReport.org) – In July, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) would serve on the January 6 Committee. The decision came as no surprise given the congresswoman’s history of speaking out against former President Donald Trump. Now, the head of the committee has named the GOP congresswoman to fill a leadership position.
On September 2, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) announced he’d chosen Cheney to fill the role of vice-chair on the committee. He said the congresswoman has demonstrated “her commitment to getting answers about January 6th, ensuring accountability” and protecting America’s democracy. Cheney accepted the position, saying she wants to be sure the investigation is nonpartisan.
In a joint statement, Cheney and Thompson attacked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for allegedly spreading misinformation about the committee.
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) September 4, 2021
Thompson’s decision to appoint the congresswoman came one day after Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) sent a letter to McCarthy asking him to remove both of the moderate Republicans, Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), from the committee. Trump-supporting GOP Congress members believe the two cannot be nonpartisan because of their hate for Trump.
Cheney is facing a tough re-election fight in 2022. It’s unclear whether her decision to be such a visible part of the process will hurt her chances even more.
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