Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Q-CA) is “playing politics” with the deadly January 6th Capitol riot by pulling select Republicans off the committee created to investigate the origins of the attack and pursuing a separate investigation.
Cheney said she believes McCarthy’s “disgraceful” actions and rhetoric on the insurrection should disqualify him from becoming House speaker if the GOP reclaims the chamber in the 2022 midterms.
Cheney is currently the sole Republican on the January 6th committee and said she agreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to reject McCarthy’s naming of Reps. Jim Jordan (Q-OH) and Jim Banks (Q-IN) to the committee. “At every opportunity, the minority leader has attempted to prevent the American people from understanding what happened, to block this investigation,” Cheney said.“Today the speaker objected to two Republican members. She accepted three others. She rejected two — one of whom may be a material witness to events that led to that day, that led to January 6th, the other of whom disqualified himself by his comments over the last 24 hours demonstrating he is not taking this seriously,” she added. When asked whether she believes McCarthy should become House Speaker, Cheney effectively rejected such a notion, replying, “I think that any person who would be third in line to the presidency must demonstrate a commitment to the Constitution and a commitment to the rule of law and Minority Leader McCarthy has not done that.”
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“The idea that anybody would be playing politics with an attack on the United States Capitol is despicable and disgraceful. I’m absolutely dedicated and committed to making sure this investigation holds those accountable who did this and ensures that it never happens again.”
Cheney said she is confident the committee will complete a nonpartisan investigation, though she said the proposed independent commission that McCarthy opposed and Senate Republicans blocked “would have been the best option.”
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McCarthy opposed the creation of the commission in May because he said it would be “duplicative and potentially counterproductive.”