Cheney: “I Absolutely Will Stand For The Truth” On 1/6 Committee
Rep. Liz Cheney has a firm warning for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.): any Republican who still refuses to acknowledge the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election results or who downplays the severity of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection has no place on the select committee investigating it.
In her first interview since being named to the committee by Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Cheney told CNN, “It’s very important that we have members who are committed to upholding the rule of law and members who are committed to their oaths to the Constitution. And I would certainly hope that the minority leader will be guided by that as he makes his choices.”
Cheney is the only Republican to have been named to the select panel by Democrats. The Wyoming lawmaker didn’t name anyone in particular who she thinks should be disqualified from serving but it’s fairly obvious that someone like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) would fall into that category. Greene has lobbied openly for one of the Republican spots on the committee. McCarthy can fill five slots on the committee.
Cheney said she is committed to keeping partisan politics out of the select committee’s work. “I will absolutely stand for the truth and I will reject partisanship, wherever it comes in,” she said. “I think that’s been very clear from the beginning of this: my obligation is to the Constitution.”
Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, one of the seven House Democrats named to the select panel, said of Cheney, “Liz Cheney is a magnificent asset to the committee because of her knowledge of national security and her commitment to the constitutional process. She is not a partisan actor in any way, she really is a member of Congress searching for the truth of the events of January 6 and the causes behind them. It will be up to history to decide whether Liz Cheney is vindicated for her defense of our Constitution. … I’m betting on history siding with Liz Cheney.”