In a new op-ed, Representative Liz Cheney responds to the criticism that a faction of MAGA extremists heap on the January 6th Committee. The piece is an evaluation and a warning to those who continue — the truth will be revealed, she promises, and no amount of attacks will prevent it.
The far-right has heaped criticism on the committee, saying that it is biased and partisan, and that its focuses on Donald Trump and those around him are for political reasons, rather than in pursuit of justice. Some, like Matt Gaetz, have even proposed a Republican takeover of the House Select Committee, redirecting it to pursue and persecute House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and others they perceive as political enemies.
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Cheney said that “almost all Members of Congress know” the truth: that the Big Lie was a big lie.
“While some degree of fraud occurs in every election, there was no evidence of fraud on a scale that could have changed this one. As the Select Committee will demonstrate in hearings later this year, no foreign power corrupted America’s voting machines, and no massive secret fraud changed the election outcome.”
Trump knew this too, she says, “from his own campaign officials, from his own appointees at the Justice Department, and from the dozens of lawsuits he lost.”
She doesn’t quite ever say that a lot of Members of Congress might also be culpable, but she’s very clear that some of those attacking the Committee are doing so out of fear of discovery:
“Those who do not wish the truth of Jan. 6 to come out have predictably resorted to attacking the process—claiming it is tainted and political. Our hearings will show this charge to be wrong. We are focused on facts, not rhetoric, and we will present those facts without exaggeration, no matter what criticism we face.”
Republicans are pushing for their voters to help flip the House in November, with stopping the January 6th Committee’s work as one of the stated goals. Politico recently reported, in fact, that House Republicans are split on whether to take over the Committee and redirect its efforts, or disband it altogether, when and if they retake the majority.
What that means is that if the Committee is going to act on the events of January 6th Cheney’s “later this year” might need to take place before November and mid-term elections.
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