The Republican Party has, largely, suggested that the select committee that’s set to investigate January 6th would wind up being some sort of re-trial of Donald Trump’s second impeachment, in which the then-Commander in Chief was being accused of “inciting” the insurrection.
The Democrats who are running the committee have attempted to downplay this possibility, but Congresswoman Liz Cheney sunk that argument at the very top of the hearing itself.
The select committee aimed at investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building holds its first hearing Tuesday. Rep. Liz Cheney, one of two Republicans selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the committee, said the events of that day cannot go uninvestigated. And that includes all that went on in Donald Trump’s White House.
“The American people deserve the full and open testimony of every person with knowledge of the planning and preparation for January 6th,” Cheney said in her opening statement.
The Wyoming Republican has gone on record for criticizing her GOP colleagues for supporting the former president — whom many say incited his supporters to attack the Capitol — and undermining an investigation into the events of Jan. 6. She was voted out of her role as chair of the House Republican Conference in May as a result.
“We must also know what happened every minute of that day in the White House – every phone call, every conversation, every meeting leading up to, during, and after the attack. Honorable men and women have an obligation to step forward,” Cheney said.
Cheney’s appointment to the committee has been controversial from the start, with a vast number of her fellow Republicans seething at the idea that she would participate in the committee.