“It’s important to everyone that the Select Committee’s leadership reflect the bipartisan effort we are engaged in, and I’m pleased that Ms. Cheney has agreed to serve as the Select Committee’s Vice Chair,” Representative Thompson said.
“Representative Cheny 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,” the Mississippi Representative said. “Her leadership and insights have shaped the early work of the Select Committee, and this appointment underscores the bipartisan nature of this effort.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi selected Representatives Thompson, Cheney, Zoe Lofgren, Adam Schiff, Jamie Raskin, Pete Aguilar, Stephanie Murphy, Elaine Luria, and Adam Kinzinger to oversee the investigation.
Republican lawmakers do not believe that an investigation is necessary. House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs wants Representatives Kinzinger and Cheney to be removed from the panel because they are two “spies for the Democrats.”
The Representatives are the only Republicans in the committee.
“When a member makes repeated calls to remove Representatives Kinzinger and Cheney from the conference, it certainly calls into question their true motives,” Maura Gillespie, a spokesperson for Kinzinger, said. “Especially when that member pushes conspiracy theories to their constituents and outright lies for their own personal gain.”
Representative Thompson, who is the chairman of the committee which is investigating the January 6 riots at the Capitol, has sent out requests to thirty-five social media, telecommunications, and email companies for them to preserve records and information from people who were involved in the attacks, helped organize the rallies leading up to the attacks, or people that were attempting to interfere with the counting of the electoral votes.
Representative Cheney said in a statement that she accepted the position of vice-chair to assure the committee achieves its goal of conducting a “nonpartisan, professional and thorough investigation” into January 6.
“We owe it to the American people to investigate everything that led up to, and transpired on, January 6th,” she said. “We will not be deterred by threats or attempted obstruction and we will not rest until our task is complete.”