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Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., paid tribute to the women’s suffrage movement while wearing the symbolic suffragette color during her closing remarks Thursday at the Jan. 6 special committee hearing.
At the hearing, Sarah Matthews also wore suffragette white while testifying before the committee. Matthews was deputy press secretary to former President Donald Trump and testified alongside Matthew Pottinger, who was Trump’s deputy national security adviser.
“We saw bravery and honor in these hearings, and Ms. Matthews and Mr. Pottinger, you both will be remembered for that, as will Cassidy Hutchinson,” Cheney said.
Hutchinson is a former aide to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. His testimony revealed key details about the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, including that Trump knew the crowd at his rally was armed.
Cheney praised Hutchinson for testifying in front of millions.
“She knew all along that she would be attacked by President Trump and by the men in their 50s, 60s and 70s who hide behind executive privilege,” she said.
Hutchinson also wore the white suffragette symbolism during her testimony.
Cheney praised Matthews and Hutchinson, as well as other women who testified at the hearings, including Caroline Edwards, Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and Ruby Freeman.
She said these witnesses were an inspiration to American women and American girls.
“We are indebted to everyone who has appeared and who will appear here,” Cheney said.
Dressed in a token white blazer, Cheney acknowledged the history of the room in which the hearing was held – the site of the Women’s Suffrage Committee, a powerful force in helping women win the right to vote .
“In this room in 1918, the Committee on Women’s Suffrage met to debate the propriety of granting women the right to vote,” Cheney added.
“This room is full of history, and we on this committee know that we have a solemn obligation not to waste unnecessarily what so many Americans have fought and died for.”