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Liz Cheney: Vice Chairwoman Has Become a G.O.P. Outcast for Condemning Trump

Before Thursday’s hearing, Ms. Cheney spent much of her day polishing her opening remarks, typing on her laptop in her suite in the Cannon House Office Building, one floor above the sprawling chandeliered courtroom where she would speak to a national television audience. The lawmaker wrote its own speech, aides said, in consultation with a small circle of advisers in her office and attorneys on the panel.

Her husband, Philip Perry, and one of her four children were due to attend the evening hearing, but former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, remained at their home in suburban Virginia. However, Ms. Cheney speaks with her father every day, on the phone or in person, and discussed her comments with him in the hours leading up to Thursday’s hearing.

Ms. Cheney, who was one of the most powerful Republicans in the House, was ousted from her leadership position last year for bluntly and repeatedly condemning Mr Trump’s false election claims and blaming him for the riots.

Her blunt words about her party’s complicity in the riots were previously reported in the book “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year” by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, and later confirmed. by a congressman who was briefed about the exchange. Ms. Cheney’s earthly instigation to impeach Mr. Trump was reported in the book “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future,” by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, two reporters for The New York Times.

Behind the scenes, Ms. Cheney is known as one of the more engaged and aggressive questioners on the Jan. 6 panel. It was she who insisted on assembling a bipartisan team of former intelligence analysts and law enforcement specialists on the committee’s staff.

Ms. Cheney is one of only two Republicans to serve on the committee, alongside Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger, who has also openly condemned Mr. Trump. Both were selected by California Democrat Chair Nancy Pelosi after Republicans boycotted the committee in protest of its decision to ban two of its members from serving on the committee.

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