Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said this week that some of her Republican colleagues are opposed to a bipartisan commission to investigate the events of Jan. 6 because they helped provoke the insurrection, Business Insider reports.
Cheney, who was ousted from leadership by her own party on Wednesday, has repeatedly called for a bipartisan commission comprising retired officials with subpoena power to investigate the attack on the Capitol. But GOP leadership and many other lawmakers are opposed to a commission solely focused on the deadly assault. Instead, they want to expand the focus to include violence that resulted from Black Lives Matter protests last summer.
“There is real concern among a number of members of my own party about a January 6 commission,” Cheney said. “That kind of intense, narrow focus threatens people in my party who may have been playing a role they should not have been playing.”
Cheney said there’s no legitimate reason for lawmakers to oppose the proposed commission, and added that Congress has created similar commissions to investigate other attacks, including 9/11, President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and the Pearl Harbor bombing.
A slew of Republican lawmakers, including House members and Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, have been criticized for actively encouraging the Trump loyalists who stormed the Capitol in the days leading up to January 6, and even on the morning of the attack. After the riot, 147 Republican lawmakers voted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
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