Several staffers on the House January 6th Select Committee are turning their backs on Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Rep. Liz Cheney for her influence over the panel’s final report and are accusing her of using the committee as a vehicle for her political future.
At least fifteen current and former staffers on the Select Committee have told The Washington Post and accused the vice chairwoman of the committee of pushing to focus the committee report primarily on former President Donald Trump. Cheney was one of the only two Republicans on the committee and a long-time anti-Trump Republican.
As per the Post, the committee’s findings that were unrelated to President Trump, like failures of the law enforcement and intelligence community to prevent the January 6th protest at the Capitol, core information on the financing of the protest, and some militia groups and extremist elements involvements were excluded from the final report largely because of Cheney.
“We all came from prestigious jobs, dropping what we were doing because we were told this would be an important fact-finding investigation that would inform the public,” one former committee staffer told the Washington Post. “But when [the committee] became a Cheney 2024 campaign, many of us became discouraged.”
Amongst Cheney’s staffers, her Communications Director and Deputy Chief of Staff, Jeremy Adler, blamed the “subpar” work of other staff members on the committee for excluding these findings that were not connected with President Trump. He later acknowledged that the Congresswoman was focused on President Trump in the final report so that another event like the January 6th protests “never happens again.”
“Donald Trump is the first president in American history to attempt to overturn an election and prevent the peaceful transfer of power,” Adler told the Washington Post. “So, damn right Liz is ‘prioritizing’ understanding what he did and how he did it and ensuring it never happens again.”
“Some staff have submitted subpar material for the report that reflects long-held liberal biases about federal law enforcement, Republicans, and sociological issues outside the scope of the Select Committee’s work. She won’t sign onto any ‘narrative’ that suggests Republicans are inherently racist or smears men and women in law enforcement, or suggests every American who believes God has blessed America is a white supremacist,” Adler continued.
Select Committee spokesperson Tim Mulvey told the Post that “a handful of disgruntled staff who are uninformed about many parts of the committee’s ongoing work” won’t have a significant impact on the outcome of the probe.
Many staffers argue that the committee’s original mission statement was to discover what political forces and intelligence and security failures made law enforcement overwhelmed by the protestors outside the Capitol and to ensure that such a situation doesn’t happen again. They accuse the committee of leaving out this information in the final report.
Staffers also allege that they were told two weeks prior to the release of the report that none of the matters unrelated to President Trump would be a part of the final report.
“Everybody freaked out,” a staffer told the Washington Post about the decision that was announced during a virtual meeting.
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H/T: The Washington Post