(FiveNation.com)- Not only is Liz Cheney participating in the Democrat-led January 6 investigation committee in the House, she’s apparently going to be taking on a prominent position on the panel.
Cheney, the embattled Republican representative from Wyoming, was recently named the vice chair of the House Select Committee. She was named to the panel by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and is one of only two Republicans who will be participating in the investigation.
On Thursday, Politico reported that the chair of that committee, Representative Bennie Thompson from Mississippi, had named Cheney his vice chair.
Cheney continues to tick off her Republican colleagues. Not only is she serving on this Democrat-led committee, but she’s going to serve in a prominent role, leading the investigation.
On Wednesday, Andy Biggs, the leader of the House Freedom Caucus, sent a letter to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to ask him to remove Cheney from the Republican Conference. Biggs also made the request to remove Representative Adam Kinzinger from Illinois, the other Republican who will be serving on the January 6 partisan committee.
Cheney was one of 10 members of the GOP in the House to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump back in January. Since then, she has been very outspoken against Trump and his supporters in Congress.
Ultimately, that led her to be removed from her spot at the third-highest-ranked member of the GOP in the House of Representatives in May.
Cheney and Kinzinger were both named to the January 6 committee by Pelosi, after the House Speaker rejected two of McCarthy’s appointments to the committee — Representatives Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio.
Following these moves by Pelosi, McCarthy urged a full boycott of the committee, withdrawing all of his appointments. Those moves ensured that the committee would be comprised only of Democrats and Republicans who are anti-Trumpers.
The panel held its first hearing back in late July. At the time, Politico reported that Cheney said she “already had an outsize say in staffing the committee, along with the other Republican member.”
After she was named vice chair of the Democrats’ committee, Cheney released a statement that said:
“Every member of this committee is dedicated to conducting a non-partisan, professional, and thorough investigation of all the relevant facts regarding January 6th and the threat to our Constitution we faced that day. I have accepted the position of Vice-Chair of the committee to assure that we achieve that goal.”
For his part, Thompson said that Cheney “has demonstrated again and again her commitment to getting answers about January 6th, ensuring accountability, and doing whatever it takes to protect democracy for the American people.”
He praised her by saying “her leadership and insights have shaped the early work of the Select Committee, and this appointment underscores the bipartisan nature of this effort.”
The committee’s work is underway, and they’re already trying to get secret documents and information from the Trump administration days.