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Liz Cheney slams Republican leaders ahead of January 6 House committee vote

Representative Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., One of the few GOP lawmakers to be openly critical of former President Donald Trump, slammed her party leaders on Wednesday ahead of a vote in the House of Representatives to establish a bipartisan committee to investigate the Jan 6 Capitol Attack.

“The attack on January 6 was an unprecedented attack on Congress and the workings of our Democratic process,” Cheney said in a statement. “Since January 6, the courage of the leaders of my party has faded. But not the threat to our republic.”

Cheney pointed to former President Donald Trump’s involvement in the Capitol Riot and accused some lawmakers of appeasing him.

“Almost daily, Donald Trump repeats the same statements that have caused violence before,” she said. “His attacks on our Constitution are accelerating.”

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Trump was impeached by the House a second time earlier this year for instigating his supporters to attack the Capitol, but he was acquitted in the Senate. Seven Senate Republicans voted in favor of the conviction.

The House approved the committee on a 222-190 vote. Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, R-IL, were the only Republicans to vote in favor of the measure.

The committee’s proposal came after a bill to create a full bipartisan commission to study the events of January 6 was passed in the House but died in the Senate. A House committee does not require a vote in the Senate.

The focus of the committee, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. is to “investigate and report on the facts and causes of the attack and make recommendations for the prevention” of another attack.

In his statement, Cheney said that a commission would have been “the best way to counter the dangerous assault on the institutions of our democracy”, but the select committee is “our only remaining option”.

Several Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. and Senator John Kennedy, R-La. denounced the creation of a committee. Kennedy called the measure “brutal policy” and said there were already investigations under way.

Cheney has called on fellow Republicans in the past for supporting Trump against his constitutional allegiance. As a result, the Wyoming Republican was removed from her post as GOP conference chair in May. Representative Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., an ally of Trump, was elected to replace her.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Liz Cheney slammed House GOP leaders ahead of the January 6 committee vote

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