The news sent shockwaves through the Republican conference
, starting at the top with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy who argued without evidence that any telecommunication company that complied with the committee’s request would be violating federal law.
Although McCarthy’s name was not included in the preservation of records request list, he notably spoke to the former President during the height of the riot, and the contents of that call have continued to be of great interest. Thompson has repeatedly not ruled out calling McCarthy to testify in front of the committee if that is where the investigation leads.
Head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus
, Rep. Andy Biggs, who is one of the lawmakers the select committee asked telecom companies to preserve the records of
, is planning to send a letter to McCarthy this week calling on him to change the rules in order to remove Cheney and Rep
. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
, the other Republican serving on the Committee
, from the GOP Conference for their roles on the panel
“We will not be deterred by threats or attempted obstruction and we will not rest until our task is complete,” Cheney said in a statement accompanying her announcement, making an indirect nod to political fights to come.
“Every member of this committee is dedicated to conducting a non-partisan, professional, and thorough investigation of all the relevant facts regarding January 6th and the threat to our Constitution we faced that day. I have accepted the position of Vice-Chair of the committee to assure that we achieve that goal,” Cheney added.
Targeting individual GOP lawmakers came just days after the select committee requested a massive tranche of documents from several US government agencies with a broad list of targets including communications and records within the Trump White House and campaign on and before January
6. The committee also recently sent letters to
15 social media companies
, insluitend Facebook, YouTube and Twitter
, seeking to understand how misinformation and efforts to overturn the election by both foreign and domestic actors existed on their platforms
“Representative Cheney has demonstrated again and again her commitment to getting answers about January 6th, ensuring accountability, and doing whatever it takes to protect democracy for the American people. Her leadership and insights have shaped the early work of the Select Committee and this appointment underscores the bipartisan nature of this effort,” Thompson said of Cheney in a statement.
“We are fortunate to have a partner of such strength and courage, and I look forward to continuing our work together as we uncover the facts, tell the American people the full story of January 6th, and ensure that nothing like that day ever happens again,” the chairman added.