The Oklahoman

Cheney promoted on Jan. 6 committee

- Mary Clare Jalonick

WASHINGTON – House Democrats have promoted Republican Rep. Liz Cheney to vice chairwoman of a committee investigat­ing the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrecti­on, placing her in a leadership spot on the panel as some Republican­s are threatenin­g to oust her from the GOP conference for participat­ing.

Cheney, a fierce critic of former President Donald Trump, has remained defiant amid the criticism from her own party, insisting that Congress must probe the Capitol attack, in which hundreds of Trump’s supporters violently pushed past police, broke into the building and interrupte­d the certification of Joe Biden’s presidenti­al election victory.

“We owe it to the American people to investigat­e everything that led up to, and transpired on, January 6th,” Cheney, R-Wyo., said in a statement as Democrats announced her promotion on Thursday. “We will not be deterred by threats or attempted obstructio­n and we will not rest until our task is complete.”

Cheney’s appointmen­t comes amid an effort by some Republican­s to oust Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois from the GOP conference because they accepted their appointmen­ts to the panel from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. A draft letter by Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs to Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy obtained by The Associated Press calls Cheney and Kinzinger “two spies for the Democrats” whom Republican­s cannot trust to attend their private meetings.

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