Cheney On Jan. 6 Committee Update: “The Truth Will Come Out”

The congressional investigation into the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol is "firing on all cylinders," U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said Thursday.

Ellen Fike

December 09, 20213 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

The congressional investigation into the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol is “firing on all cylinders,” U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said Thursday.

Cheney, in a series of tweets, gave an update on Thursday on the activities of the House select committee tasked with looking into the riot, saying the body is confident it will win a federal court case regarding documents held by former President Donald Trump.

“We have litigated and won Trump’s executive privilege case in Federal District Court. The Federal Appellate Court has expedited the appeal, and we anticipate a ruling regarding many more Trump White House documents soon,” she wrote. “Do not be misled: President Trump is trying to hide what happened on January 6th and to delay and obstruct. We will not let that happen. The truth will come out.”

Cheney won a spot on the committee after voting for Trump’s impeachment on allegations he spurred the crowd attending a speech he gave to invade the Capitol.

Cheney, one of two Republicans on the committee, said the committee has spoken with more than 300 witnesses so far.

“The Committee has already met with nearly 300 witnesses; we hear from four more key figures in the investigation today. We are conducting multiple depositions and interviews every week,” she wrote in the first tweet.

The committee has received “exceptionally” interesting and important documents from a number of witnesses, including former President Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, who apparently has turned over “many” texts from his private cell phone from Jan. 6, she said.

According to CNN, Meadows is suing the committee and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and is asking a federal court to block enforcement of a subpoena the committee issued him, as well as one it issued to Verizon for his phone records.

The committee recently indicated it would pursue a criminal contempt referral against Meadows due to his refusal to sit for a deposition in the investigation.

Following the Capitol riot, Cheney was one of the few Republicans to vote to impeach Trump for allegedly inciting it. Many of the protestors were Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol as Congress was preparing to vote to confirm the results of November’s general election and verify President Joe Biden as the winner.

Trump has regularly claimed that the election was stolen, with no proof. Cheney has regularly called him out for lying, and has had her role in the congressional Republican Party reduced for stepping out of line with the rest of her colleagues.

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