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‘Investigate everything what Trump said, did and who he spoke with on January 6,’ Cheney says in the first January 6 committee hearing Tuesday



On the very first hearing of the January 6 committee on Tuesday, it was confirmed what most of the GOP leaders feared of and that is Liz Cheney’s narrative against Trump. Cheney, seated in the panel by Nancy Pelosi herself, used her first opportunity to slam Trump, his allies and the supporters.

The first January 6 committee hearing took place on Tuesday with the testifying of four police officers who were defending the Capitol in January. Instead of focusing on general, unbiased investigation, it seems like Cheney only cares of slamming Trump and his allies. Or maybe it’s just how it looks like.

The Wyoming congresswoman is one of the two Republicans who are part of the panel. Cheney and Illinois Republican Adam Kinzinger were appointed at the committee by Nancy Pelosi herself, without taking into consideration and refusing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) picks’ Reps. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) earlier.

Cheney and Kinzinger are known to be critical of Trump and his policies. They were among the few who voted for Trump’s impeachment and among the few who supported the idea of creating the committee at first place. According to Pelosi, she refused to appoint McCarthy’s picks because both of them were against the forming of the panel at all.

In the opening remarks at hearing on Tuesday, Cheney said that the committee should fully investigate Donald Trump and the members of his administration including their actions, phone calls and conversations that day.

“We cannot leave the violence of January 6th—and its causes—uninvestigated. The American people deserve the full and open testimony of every person with knowledge of the planning and preparation for January 6th,” Cheney said.

“We must know what happened here at the Capitol. We must also know what happened every minute of that day in the White House—every phone call, every conversation, every meeting leading up to, during, and after the attack.”

Cheney has been disloyal to Trump since he left the White House. Her intentions are not clear, but it seems like she really wants to push Trump away from the Republican party. But the lack of loyalty culminated last May when Cheney was booted from her position as conference chairwoman, the number three position in the party’s leadership.

“Will we be so blinded by partisanship that we throw away the miracle of America?” Cheney asked. “Do we hate our political adversaries more than we love our country and revere our Constitution?”

Cheney didn’t exclude the option multiple GOP leaders to take part in some of the upcoming committee’s hearings and testify in front of the committee. She pointed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to be one of the several GOP leaders that might be called, as according to Cheney, Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler said that McCarthy told her that he spoke to Trump on January 6th and told him to “call off the riot.”

The public and the Democrats credited Cheney for her involvement in the committee looking for the justice instead of defending the GOP policies. The credit for her involvement in the committee is nothing compared to the reflection on the present state of the GOP.

Cheney’s upcoming actions in the committee will show if she is really interested in bringing the truth to light or simply slamming Trump, her fellow GOP colleagues and their policies.