Politics Liz Cheney calls for answers, accountability on Jan. 6: 'We must know what happened'
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"A real man would be defending his wife, and his father, and the Constitution," Cheney said after Cruz accused her of having "Trump derangement syndrome."Cheney told CNN reporter Melanie Zonona that former President Donald Trump "broke" the Texas senator. "A real man would be defending his wife, and his father, and the Constitution," said Cheney, a Wyoming Republican.
WASHINGTON — 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— and undermining an investigation into the events of Jan. 6. She was as chair of the House Republican Conference in May as a result.
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"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.
Here are her remarks in full:
Thank you very much, Chairman Thompson. Thank you to all of my colleagues on this committee, and thank you to each of the witnesses appearing before us today. It is because of you — you held the line, you defended all of us, you defended the Capitol, and you defended the Constitution and our Republic, and every American owes you our undying gratitude. Every American, I hope, will be able to hear your testimony today and will watch the videos. The videos show the unbelievable violence and the inexcusable and intolerable cruelty that you all faced, and people need to know the truth.
Takeaways from the Jan. 6 committee hearing: Police accounts of Capitol attack made for an emotional day
The nearly four-hour hearing Tuesday offered a harrowing account of officers beaten unconscious, tear-gassed, and taunted with racial epithets.The nearly four-hour hearing offered a harrowing account of officers beaten unconscious, tear-gassed, taunted with racial epithets and attacked with the American flag by protesters who were spurred by former President Donald Trump's false claims of a stolen election.
I want to begin by reflecting briefly on the investigation that we are launching today. Every one of us here on the dais voted for and would have preferred that these matters be investigated by an independent non-partisan commission, composed of five prominent Americans selected by each party, and modeled on the 9/11 Commission. Although such a commission was opposed by my own leadership in the House, it overwhelmingly passed with the support of 35 Republican members, it was defeated by Republicans in the Senate. And that leaves us where we are today.
We cannot leave the violence of January 6th – and its causes – uninvestigated. The American people deserve the full and open testimony of every person with knowledge of the planning and preparation for January 6th. We must know what happened here at the Capitol. 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. If those responsible are not held accountable, and if Congress does not act responsibly, this will remain a cancer on our Constitutional Republic, undermining the peaceful transfer of power at the heart of our democratic system. We will face the threat of more violence in the months to come, and another January 6th every four years.
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U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn said rioters called him a racial epithet as they attacked him and others in an attempt to 'disrupt democracy.'Four law enforcement officers offered gripping accounts Tuesday of the harrowing violence and terrible fear they endured while trying to defend the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, when a mob of then-President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the building.
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I have been a conservative Republican since 1984 when I first voted for Ronald Reagan. I have disagreed sharply on policy and politics with almost every Democratic member of this committee. But, in the end, we are one nation under God. The Framers of our Constitution recognized the danger of the vicious factionalism of partisan politics – and they knew that our daily arguments could become so fierce that we might lose track of our most important obligation – to defend the rule of law and the freedom of all Americans. That is why our Framers compelled each of us to swear a solemn oath to preserve and protect the Constitution. When a threat to our constitutional order arises, as it has here, we are obligated to rise above politics. This investigation must be non-partisan.
While we begin today by taking the public testimony of these four heroic men, we must also realize that the task of this committee will require persistence. We must issue and enforce subpoenas promptly. We must get to objective truth. We must overcome the many efforts we are already seeing to cover up and obscure the facts.
Cheney says full Jan. 6 probe needed to remove 'cancer' from republic
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) warned at the start of Tuesday's Jan. 6 committee hearing that a "cancer" will remain in America unless everyone involved in the planning of the Capitol attack is called to testify and held accountable.If they don't cooperate, the committee should "promptly" subpoena them, she said.The opening statement from Cheney, one of two Republicans picked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to serve on the special panel investigating the Jan. 6 riot, was aimed at not only the pro-Trump mob that invaded the Capitol that day but also Trump allies like Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.
On January 6th and in the days thereafter, almost all members of my party recognized the events of that day for what they actually were. One Republican, for example, said: “What is happening at the U.S. Capitol right now is unacceptable and un-American. Those participating in lawlessness and violence must be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” No Member of Congress should now attempt to defend the indefensible, obstruct this investigation, or whitewash what happened that day. We must act with honor and duty, and in the interest of our nation.
America is great because we preserve our democratic institutions at all costs. Until January 6th, we were proof positive for the world that a nation conceived in liberty could long endure. But now, January 6th threatens our most sacred legacy. The question for every one of us who serves in Congress, for every elected official across this great nation, indeed, for every American is this: Will we adhere to the rule of law? Will we respect the rulings of our courts? Will we preserve the peaceful transition of power? Or will we be so blinded by partisanship that we throw away the miracle of America? Do we hate our political adversaries more than we love our country and revere our Constitution? I pray that that is not the case. I pray that we all remember, our children are watching, as we carry out this solemn and sacred duty entrusted to us. Our children will know who stood for truth, and they will inherit the nation we hand to them – a Republic, if we can keep it.
Jan. 6 committee could be final hurrah for Cheney and Kinzinger
The Jan. 6 select committee tasked with investigating the Capitol riot could be a last hurrah of sorts for the two most outspoken critics of former President Donald Trump in the House Republican conference. © Provided by Washington Examiner Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney faces a smattering of primary opponents for her at-large district who are outraged at her turn away from Trump. The former president is determined to crown a queen-slayer. Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger also has a few Republican primary challengers.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I yield back.
Committee replaced independent commission that wasn't approved
Congress approved thelast month after a bill to create a full bipartisan commission to investigate Jan. 6 . Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., were the only Republicans to vote in favor of the committee. Sunday to join.
Committee members willin order to prevent future incidents, Pelosi said in June. The committee will such as the role online platforms play in organizing and executing domestic terror events, policies among the U.S. Capitol Police and the National Guard when responding to an attack.
The committee was. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called it unnecessary and political.
Cheney said July 1 that thecan "never happen again."
"Those who are responsible for the attack need to be held accountable and this select committee will fulfill that responsibility in a professional, expeditious and non-partisan manner," she said.
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