Republican Liz Cheney criticizes Kevin McCarthy for thinking the riot committee is a ‘political game’ and calls on people who don’t think Trump ‘lit the fire’ on January 6
- Liz Cheney criticized Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy for his views on the committee investigating the January 6 MAGA uprising
- “He sees this as a kind of political game. It’s not a game and it’s dead serious,” she told CNN
- She also had harsh words for former President Donald Trump, saying he ‘lit the flame’ for what happened
- Cheney is a vocal critic of both men who are equally critical of her
- Trump pledged to support a primary challenger of hers in next year’s election next
Liz Cheney criticized House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy for his views on the committee investigating the January 6 MAGA uprising on Capitol Hill, saying their investigation was not a “political game.”
She also had harsh words for former President Donald Trump, saying he “lit the flame” for what happened on the day of the riots, when thousands of his supporters stormed the Capitol to interrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory. .
Cheney has become an outspoken critic of both men in her party. She was one of 10 House Republicans to vote for Trump’s second impeachment — for his role in instigating the insurgency — and lost her position on the House GOP leadership team as a result.
But both men have been equally critical of her.
Trump, in particular, has gone after her publicly. He is also meeting in Bedminister this week with candidates seeking to replace her in her Wyoming House seat. He has vowed to support one of her opponents in next year’s Republican primary.
Liz Cheney chided House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy for his views on the committee investigating the January 6 MAGA riots, saying Donald Trump “lit the flames” that day
House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy has become a critic of panel investigating Jan 6 riots, calling it a ‘sham’
McCarthy, meanwhile, has become a top critic of the House Select Committee to Investigate on Jan. 6. He withdrew his nominees from serving on the panel after Speaker Nancy Pelosi named two of his picks — Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan — citing the “integrity” of the investigation. Both men are staunch Trump supporters who supported his false claim that he had won the election.
Cheney said in an interview with CNN that McCarthy “continues to show that he sees this as some kind of political game. It’s not a game and it’s dead serious when you take action to divert attention from an investigation like this.”
Trump, she noted, “lit the flame for what happened. We saw that not only in the talk on the Ellipse, but everywhere. What this committee needs to understand is exactly what the details were of the planning and funding. But if someone suggests that he was somehow not responsible, I find it embarrassing.’
The former president has denied any role in the uprising. The Senate acquitted him during his second impeachment trial.
McCarthy denounced Cheney and GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger after Pelosi mentioned them to the investigative panel. By placing them on the committee, she can promote her work as twofold. The two are some of Trump’s harshest critics.
McCarthy called Cheney and Kinzinger “Pelosi Republicans.”
And he replied “we’ll see” when asked Monday whether he would punish the two for participating on the panel. Some conservative Republicans have forced him to do so.
Cheney replied that McCarthy was “childish.”
US Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell; Metropolitan Police Department Officer Michael Fanone; US Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn and Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges stand together after their testimony before the Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol
Donald Trump addresses his supporters outside the White House on the morning of January 6; he has denied any responsibility for the uprising
In her opening statement at Tuesday’s hearing on Jan. 6, Cheney called on officials who have served in the Trump White House with knowledge of the facts to come forward and testify.
“We need to know what happened here at the Capitol. We also need to know what happened in the White House every minute of that day – every phone call, every conversation, every meeting, before during and after the attack. Honorable men and women have a duty to step forward,” she said.
She called January 6 a “cancer” on the Constitution.
“If those responsible are not held accountable and if Congress does not act responsibly, this will continue to be a cancer for our constitutional republic and undermine the peaceful transfer of power at the heart of our democratic system. We will see even more violence in the coming months and on January 6 every four years,” she said.
McCarthy, meanwhile, called the commission a sham whose outcome is predetermined.
“Speaker Pelosi will only choose people from the committee who will ask the questions she wants to ask – that will be a failed committee and a failed report, a sham that no one can believe. If you want answers, don’t be afraid of the questions that will be asked,” McCarthy said Tuesday morning during a news conference with Republican leaders before the committee met.