Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) has been appointed as vice chair of the House select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), the select committee’s chair, said Cheney’s presence on the panel and her appointment as vice chair “underscores the bipartisan nature” of the effort to get to the bottom of events that culminated in the attack on the Capitol by the pro-Trump mob that was seeking to block Congressional certification of the Electoral College vote in favor of President Joe Biden.
“Representative Cheney has demonstrated again and again her commitment to getting answers about January 6th, ensuring accountability, and doing whatever it takes to protect democracy for the American people,” Thompson said in a statement.
By accepting the appointment Cheney reiterated her commitment to a thorough investigation. “Every member of this committee is dedicated to conducting a non-partisan, professional, and thorough investigation of all the relevant facts regarding January 6th and the threat to our Constitution we faced that day,” Cheney said in a statement. “I have accepted the position of Vice Chair of the committee to assure that we achieve that goal.”
With Cheney as second in command Democrats’ position that the probe is bipartisan receives important validation, which is especially important as most Republicans continue to fight and try to undermine the effort. Some GOP lawmakers have threatened telecommunications and social media companies that comply with requests to preserve members’ records.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Republicans “will not forget” the actions of telecommunications and social media companies, although it’s not clear exactly what action McCarthy and other Republicans could take.