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After former President Donald Trump's lies about the 2020 election prompted a mob of pro-Trump extremists to storm the United States Capitol, Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming was one of only a handful of Republicans to directly condemn then-President Trump as the instigator.
Furthermore, Cheney later voted to impeach Trump, writing:
"The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution."
Democrats and Republicans like Cheney immediately began calling for a 9/11 style investigation, wherein a select committee would scrutinize the origins of the riots and officials' actions leading up to them. Even though Democrats brokered a deal giving Republican members of Congress an equal number of spots on the committee, along with subpoena power, Senate Republicans killed the bill to establish such a commission.
As a result, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats established a House Select Committee, also giving Republicans a certain number of seats on the committee. But when Pelosi objected to the appointment of two of the Republicans nominated by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the Minority Leader pulled all of his nominations from the committee.
This left just Cheney and Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois as the only Republicans on the committee, having been nominated by Pelosi herself.
Recently, the Select Committee voted unanimously to refer former Trump official Steve Bannon for criminal contempt after he defied a Congressional subpoena regarding his role in the insurrection.
Ahead of this vote, Cheney admonished her Republican colleagues for their continued denial and dismissal of the role their party played in the deadly failed insurrection.
Cheney, who serves as Vice Chair of the Committee, said:
"Almost every one of my colleagues knows in your hearts that what happened on January 6th was profoundly wrong. You all know that there is no evidence of widespread election fraud sufficient to overturn the election. You all know that the Dominion voting machines were not corrupted by a foreign power. You know these claims are false. Yet former President Trump repeats them almost daily."
The Congresswoman's comments were echoed by social media users.
Liz Cheney’s Republican colleagues have both their eyes and ears shielded from the Truth and Justice. No Democrats… https://t.co/dNbuMh6F08— James Marion Gray (@James Marion Gray) 1634717343.0
Thank You @RepLizCheney for being the voice of reason https://t.co/BsHjDHU9zA— adam (@adam) 1634689700.0
She's not the only one who wants to see Bannon's subpoena enforced.
If the bill passes the House, it will be up to the Justice Department to decide whether to charge Bannon with contempt.