Liz Cheney Urges Inquiry Into Trump's Actions on Jan. 6

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U.S.|Liz Cheney urges probe of Trump’s ‘every telephone call’ connected Jan. 6, and Kinzinger makes an affectional entreaty for truth.


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Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger spoke retired against members of their enactment during the archetypal proceeding of the House prime committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.CreditCredit...Oliver Contreras for The New York Times

Catie Edmondson

  • July 27, 2021, 11:06 a.m. ET

Representative Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming, issued a defiant situation to her ain enactment connected Tuesday arsenic a peculiar House committee began its enquiry into the Jan. 6 onslaught connected the Capitol, saying that the riot would stay a “cancer connected our law republic” if Congress failed to clasp accountable those who were responsible.

In stern opening remarks, Ms. Cheney, 1 of conscionable 2 House Republicans consenting to service connected the panel, dared her colleagues to enactment a afloat probe into the worst onslaught connected Congress successful centuries.

“Will we beryllium truthful blinded by partisanship that we propulsion distant the occurrence of America?” Ms. Cheney asked. “Do we hatred our governmental adversaries much than we emotion our state and revere our Constitution?”

Her remarks underscored conscionable however isolated she has go successful her ain enactment arsenic 1 of the fewer Republicans consenting to talk retired against President Donald J. Trump and his relation successful inspiring the onslaught connected the Capitol. Ms. Cheney, the girl of a almighty blimpish family, has already been ousted from Republican enactment for her insistence connected calling retired the erstwhile president and his predetermination lies, and her information successful the enquiry has drawn scorn from enactment leaders.

Ms. Cheney focused her remarks connected Tuesday connected the erstwhile president’s role, urging lawmakers to find retired “what happened each infinitesimal of that time successful the White House.”

“Every telephone call, each conversation, each gathering starring up to, during and aft the attack,” Ms. Cheney said.

Hoping to determination past horrific governmental optics and fearful of invoking Mr. Trump’s wrath, conscionable 35 Republicans successful the House supported the instauration of an autarkic bipartisan committee to analyse the attack. Only Ms. Cheney and Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who is besides serving connected the prime committee successful defiance of his party, supported the instauration of the sheet led by lawmakers.


Representative Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois, thanked the officers connected  Tuesday for their enactment    connected  Jan. 6 facing the mob.
Credit...Oliver Contreras for The New York Times

Mr. Kinzinger, an Air Force seasoned and lieutenant colonel successful the Air National Guard, grew visibly affectional during his remarks connected Tuesday, choking backmost tears arsenic helium angrily condemned blimpish “counter narratives” and conspiracy theories designed to undercut the gravity of the Jan. 6 attack.

“Many successful my enactment person treated this arsenic conscionable different partisan fight,” Mr. Kinzinger said. “It’s toxic and it’s a disservice to the officers and their families.”

Republican leaders are boycotting the proceedings, aft Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to spot 2 of the 5 lawmakers they had recommended, citing their statements backing Mr. Trump’s mendacious predetermination claims, equating the riot to radical justness protests and disparaging the investigation.

“I’m present to analyse January 6 not successful spite of my rank successful the Republican Party, but due to the fact that of it,” Mr. Kinzinger said. “Not to triumph a governmental fight, but to larn the facts and support our democracy.”

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