Donald Trump and his fans claim that the January 6th Committee is illegitimate based on the fact that it has no Republican Members nominated by the House GOP Leader, Kevin McCarthy. In a Sunday morning interview, Liz Cheney explained why this argument is ridiculous, and shared her own view on how that actually came to pass.
As the Committee was forming, House leadership followed procedures, asking the Minority Leader to appoint Members from his party. He did so, but after two — Jim Jordan and Jim Banks — were rejected, instead of putting forth two more nominees, McCarthy withdrew all of his picks. Instead, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to nominate Republican Members, forming a Committee that included two Republicans: Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger.
Since the Committee began its work, Donald Trump and his supporters have declared it illegitimate for having no Republican representation (despite Cheney and Kinzinger), and argued that any conclusions will be invalid.
Liz Cheney destroys a Fox News talking point on Fox News: "The notion now that somehow the committee is incapable of getting to the facts of what happened because Kevin McCarthy withdrew his nominees is nonsensical. It also is a diversion." pic.twitter.com/OVU56JaroB
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 24, 2022
Cheney has a few basic points to make: first, the interviewees are predominantly Republicans, and are unlikely to have changed their testimony if questioned instead by Banks or Jordan instead of Kinnzinger or Cheney. Second, she believes that Trump himself was behind the withdrawal of nominees — the very thing that he has since used to attack the Committee’s legitimacy.
“The notion now that somehow the Committee is incapable of getting to the facts of what happened because Kevin McCarthy withdrew his nominees is nonsensical. It is also a diversion. I point out again that almost every one of our witnesses a been a Republican…I think it is highly unlikely that any of those witnesses’ testimony would be any different…it would be a dereliction of our duty to be in a position where, because Kevin Mccarthy decided to withdraw nominees — and he decided to do that, I’m quite confident, because Donald Trump told him to — because Kevin McCarthy decided not to participate in the Committee, that somehow the House of Representatives cannot investigate the single worst attack on the Capitol since the War of 1812.”
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