Republican Liz Cheney to be vice chair of U.S. House panel on Jan. 6 attack

WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Liz Cheney will serve as vice chair of the congressional select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, an appointment likely to draw the ire of some of her fellow Republicans.

Bennie Thompson, the panel’s Democratic chairman, announced the appointment in a statement on Thursday that said Cheney demonstrated “again and again” a commitment to getting answers.

“Her leadership and insights have shaped the early work of the Select Committee and this appointment underscores the bipartisan nature of this effort,” he said.

Lawmakers closely aligned with Republican former President Donald Trump have been critical of Cheney, a three-term House member and daughter of former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney.

One of two Republican select committee members, Cheney was stripped of her leadership role in the House Republican caucus after denouncing Trump’s false assertions of voter fraud in his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden.

Cheney said on Thursday the panel intended to conduct a non-partisan, professional and thorough investigation.

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Source: Reuters