Liz Cheney Says Jan 6 Panel Is What?

Office of Representative Liz Cheney, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

On Tuesday (October 18), Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) described her work on the January 6 Select Committee as “probably the most important thing I’ve done professionally.”

Cheney’s remarks came while she spoke at an event at Harvard University.

“I’m very proud of the work that we’ve done and of my fellow members of that committee. I think it’s probably the most important thing I’ve ever done professionally, and absolutely crucial for the functioning of our democracy going forward,” Cheney said in response to a question about why Congress chose a committee rather than a 9/11-style commission.

Lawmakers had initially intended to have an external bipartisan commission, similar to the commission into the 9/11 attacks. However, the probe turned into a Congressional select committee after Republicans blocked efforts for an external probe.

The panel’s work — which culminated in a slew of public hearings over the summer — began last year, intending to show that former President Donald Trump was the nucleus of the election conspiracy to keep himself in office.

During last week’s ninth hearing, the panel unanimously voted to subpoena the former President.

Cheney, one of two Republicans on the committee and its vice chair, revealed the panel would be issuing Trump the formal subpoena “shortly.”

A day after the vote, Trump released a 14-page response rebutting the decision to subpoena him and reasserting that the 2020 election was marred with widespread voter fraud.

During Tuesday’s appearance, the outgoing Wyoming Representative also shared her concerns about some Republicans on the ballot “who say they will only certify elections that they agree with,” calling those beliefs “the end of democracy.”