Democrats promote Cheney on Jan. 6 panel

Rep. Liz Cheney has been promoted to vice chair of the committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.



September 2, 2021 - 9:09 AM

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) speaks during a news conference at the Capitol on July 21, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 members of the GOP caucus are threatening to oust her for participating. 

Cheney, a fierce critic of former President Donald Trump, has remained defiant 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 certification 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.” 

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