Liz Cheney for House Speaker? Internet Divided Over Latest Suggestion
Although the Wyoming Republican lost her primary and was not reelected, the House speaker does not have to be an elected member.Cheney emerged as one of former President Donald Trump's staunchest critics in the aftermath of his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, and the violence that occurred on January 6, 2021—when his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol. In response to Cheney's criticism, Trump endorsed her GOP primary challenger Harriet Hageman, who easily won the Wyoming primary and handily won in the midterm election on November 8.
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The Jan. 6 committee countered former Vice President Mike Pence's disparagement of the panel as "partisan," insisting that it "respectfully" engaged with him.
While ripping his description as "not accurate," Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Vice Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) also commended his actions on the day of the Jan. 6 riot. Pence made his remarks during an interview tour promoting his new book and ruled out testifying before the panel due to the separation of powers concerns.
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“The Select Committee has proceeded respectfully and responsibly in our engagement with Vice President Pence, so it is disappointing that he is misrepresenting the nature of our investigation while giving interviews to promote his new book,” Thompson and Cheney countered in a joint statement.
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Pence had long been apprehensive about delivering testimony for the panel but mostly left the door open. With weeks left before the panel's likely dissolution ahead of the new Congress, the former vice president was adamant that the committee "has no right" to his testimony.
“I must say again: The partisan nature of the Jan. 6 committee has been a disappointment to me,” he told CBS Face the Nation moderator Margaret Brennan. “It seemed to me, in the beginning, there was an opportunity to examine every aspect of what happened on Jan. 6, and to do so more in the spirit of the 9/11 Commission — nonpartisan, nonpolitical, and that was an opportunity lost.”
The Jan. 6 committee reiterated its praise of Pence.
"The Select Committee has consistently praised the former Vice President’s refusal to bow to former President Trump’s pressure to illegally refuse to count electoral votes on January 6th. But his recent statements about the Select Committee are not accurate," the panel added in a tweet.
6 takeaways from former Vice President Mike Pence's CNN town hall
Former Vice President Mike Pence in a CNN town hall on Wednesday refused to commit his support to former President Donald Trump's 2024 campaign and left the door open to seeking the Republican nomination himself. Your browser does not support this video Speaking a day after the release of his memoir, “So Help Me God,” Pence was mostly coy when discussing his own plans while touting the Trump administration’s policy agenda. But Pence was more direct when asked about the January 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol. The former vice president called it “the most difficult day of my public life.
Pence later stood by his remarks in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, underscoring that "it’s not the first sharp elbow I’ve gotten on Capitol Hill."
“The principle itself was offensive to me,” Pence said to CNN. “I thought the missed opportunity with Jan. 6 was we could have proceeded in a way that was above politics.”
Pence has been promoting his new book, So Help Me God, which hit bookstores earlier this week. During his media tour, he recounted the pain of the Capitol riot and contended that the GOP probably has better options than his old boss, former President Donald Trump, who unveiled his 2024 campaign on Tuesday.
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Notably, House Republicans had sacked a 9/11 Commission-style inquiry into the Jan. 6 riot, which prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to form the select committee. After she rejected Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) withdrew his Republican picks, ushering in the appointment of Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).
Pence calls appointment of special counsel to investigate Trump 'very troubling'
Former Vice President Mike Pence called the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to investigate former President Trump “very troubling."Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday appointed former Justice Department official Jack Smith to the role of special counsel to investigate the entirety of the criminal probe into the retention of presidential records held at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. Smith will also oversee the DOJ’s investigation into the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.
Last month, the Jan. 6 committee subpoenaed Trump for testimony and documents, drawing defiance from the former president and a legal petition to quash it.
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Original Author: Ryan King
Original Location: 'Not accurate': Liz Cheney and Jan. 6 committee fire back at Mike Pence after attack
J6 staff frustrated by Liz Cheney’s fixation: report .
J6 staff frustrated by Liz Cheney’s fixation: report"Now, less than six weeks before the conclusion of the committee’s work, Cheney’s influence over the committee’s final report has rankled many current and former committee staff," the newspaper reported. "They are angered and disillusioned by Cheney’s push to focus the report primarily on former president Donald Trump, and have bristled at the committee morphing into what they have come to view as the vehicle for the outgoing Wyoming lawmaker’s political future.