Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney spoke with reporters following House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s decision to withdraw Republican participation in the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.
Minority Leader McCarthy’s decision was in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s rejection of two of McCarthy’s choices for the select committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Pelosi rejected Representatives Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio. Congresswoman Cheney said the attack on the Capitol in January was the worst attack on the Capitol since 1814 and the American people deserve to know what happened on January 6th as it was an attack on our constitution.
Cheney addressed Speaker Pelosi’s rejection of the two Representatives.
Following her opening remarks, Representative Cheney fielded a number of questions from reporters about McCarthy’s decision to withdraw the five GOP members from the investigative committee. A full transcript of the questions from reporters and answers from the congresswoman can be found below. Video can be found here.
REPORTER: Did you personally urge the Speaker to take this step?
REP. CHENEY: I agree with what the Speaker has done.
REPORTER:And also, McCarthy, of course, wants to become Speaker next year. Do you think that he deserves to be Speaker in the aftermath of his actions here?
REP. CHENEY: I think that any person who would be third in line to the presidency must demonstrate a commitment to the Constitution and a commitment to the rule of law, and Minority Leader McCarthy has not done that.
REPORTER: Are there other Republicans that you or Speaker Pelosi believe should be part of this investigation? The other three you mentioned that she did not veto are not going to participate. Are there others — are there other colleagues you’ve spoken to?
REP. CHENEY: There are many Republicans, the vast majority of the Republicans, both in the House, as well as across the country, recognize and understand that this was an assault on our democracy, an assault on our Constitution, and that there must be a fact-based investigation so that this never happens again. We cannot allow those voices who are attempting to prevent the American people from getting the truth to prevail, and we certainly will not allow that.
REPORTER: Doesn’t this play right into Republican messaging that this committee was going to be partisan from the beginning?
REP. CHENEY: Absolutely not. This committee has been focused, and I am certainly focused on ensuring that we get to the facts. And in fact, there were thirty-five Republicans who supported an independent bipartisan commission, which, as I’ve said, would have been the far preferable way to go. Minority Leader McCarthy opposed that actively and aggressively, and he lobbied against it in the Senate, and the Senate blocked it. We must have this select committee investigation. This is our only option left, and people must be willing to put their oath to the Constitution above partisan politics and above party. And I am absolutely committed to doing that. And I’m committed to ensuring that this investigation be one that gets to the truth of what happened here on January 6th. Thank you.