WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday, Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) accepted an invitation from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) to join the House Select Committee that plans to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol.
As an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump, Cheney explained that despite partisan politics, she has an obligation to uphold her oath to the Constitution.
“I’m honored to have been named to serve on the Jan. 6 select committee. Congress is obligated to conduct a full investigation of the most serious attack on our Capitol since 1814,” Cheney said. “That day saw the most sacred space in our Republic overrun by an angry and violent mob attempting to stop the counting of electoral votes and threatening the peaceful transfer of power.”
After being ousted by House Republicans from leadership, Cheney has continued to vocalize her disapproval of the current direction of the Republican Party’s agenda. While a majority of the party has criticized Cheney, some former and current GOP lawmakers have come to her defense.
Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who also voted to impeach Trump in January, said that Cheney serving on the Jan. 6 commission is “fantastic news.”
Former Rep. Denver Riggleman came to Cheney’s defense when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters he thought it was shocking Cheney would accept an invite from Pelosi. Riggleman directly responded to McCarthy’s claims: “It was ‘shocking’ to see ‘Republicans’ siege the Capitol based on disinformation & lies perpetuated by leaders in the GOP who embraced trolls, grifters & Q crazies,” he tweeted.
Regardless of the Republican Party’s rejection of Cheney, she has maintained her stance regarding the Capitol attacks.
“What happened on Jan. 6 can never happen again. Those who are responsible for the attack need to be held accountable and this select committee will fulfill that responsibility in a professional, expeditious, and non-partisan manner.”