Tuesday marks the beginning of what is sure to be a long and arduous retelling of the story of January 6th, as a congressional select committee’s hearings begin.
Today’s hearing was the first of many, many to come, and featured a number of police officers who were present and amid the action on that fateful day, but it was perhaps Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney who truly set the tone from the start.
The select committee aimed at investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building holds its first hearing Tuesday. Rep. Liz Cheney, one of two Republicans selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the committee, said the events of that day cannot go uninvestigated. And that includes all that went on in Donald Trump’s White House.
“The American people deserve the full and open testimony of every person with knowledge of the planning and preparation for January 6th,” Cheney said in her opening statement.
The Wyoming Republican has gone on record for criticizing her GOP colleagues for supporting the former president — whom many say incited his supporters to attack the Capitol — and undermining an investigation into the events of Jan. 6. She was voted out of her role as chair of the House Republican Conference in May as a result.
And then her aim turned to former President Donald Trump.
“We must also know what happened every minute of that day in the White House – every phone call, every conversation, every meeting leading up to, during, and after the attack. Honorable men and women have an obligation to step forward,” Cheney said.
Cheney’s targeting of the Trump White House will almost certainly yield a response from the former Commander in Chief, as well as his allies who remain in Congress, as many within the Republican Party look to downplay the severity of the insurrection.
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