Friends,

Yesterday marked the first anniversary of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. As your Representative, I remain committed to my oath to the Constitution and will always fight to uphold the rule of law.

I was honored to have my dad, former Vice President Dick Cheney, with me to commemorate the anniversary of the Capitol attack.

My dad has such tremendous love for the institution of the House and has been troubled watching what’s unfolded, especially since the attack last year. He really wanted to be there yesterday to pay his respects, commemorate the grave nature of what happened, and help to remind people of the ongoing threat against our democracy.

After his visit to the Capitol, my dad released the following statement recognizing the importance of the January 6th anniversary, commending law enforcement, and sharing his disappointment with the current state of the Republican Party:

You can read more about my dad’s visit to the Capitol in the below piece by The Associated Press:

Discussing The Capitol Attack & The Select Committee’s Investigation:

Yesterday, I joined Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” to discuss the first anniversary of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol and the work being done by the January 6th Select Committee.

Watch the interview here and see the transcript below: 

BRET BAIER: Let’s bring in Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney, Vice Chair of the January 6th Committee. Congresswoman, thanks for being here. 
 
REP. LIZ CHENEY: Thank you for having me, Bret. Good to be with you. 
 
BAIER: What did you make of the vice president and the president’s speeches today in Statuary Hall?
 
REP. CHENEY: Well, I thought that there were a number of things that they said that I agreed with. I think when you look at what happened, and at the attack that happened on January 6th, I think it’s different from what happened on 9/11, different from Pearl Harbor. Obviously 3,000 Americans died in each of those events, each of those attacks, but this was a mob that was summoned by and provoked by the President of the United States in an effort to stop the counting of electoral votes, which is a constitutional process. And so, I do think the attacks are very different. I think there is a grave threat, certainly, to our system, to our constitutional institutions. And I think we have to set partisanship aside and party politics aside to get to the bottom of what happened and make sure that it doesn’t happen again. 
 
BAIER: Well, what do you say to Republicans who listen to that, and obviously you’ve addressed the 9/11 comparison, the Pearl Harbor comparison, but they also listened to a pitch for voting rights bills. H.R. 1 and H.R. 4 are both bills you voted against.
 
REP. CHENEY: That’s right. 
 
BAIER: Yet, Democrats are using and linking those to make a sales pitch essentially for passing those pieces of legislation based on the work of your Committee and this day. 
 
REP. CHENEY: Well, I have strong policy disagreements with both H.R. 1 and H.R. 4. As you noted, I voted against those. I think the Committee has important legislative work to do though. We need to look at things like, are there reforms necessary to the Electoral Count Act? We need to look at things like, are there enhanced penalties that are necessary for a president who fails to come to the aid of Congress, who fails to come to the aid of any co-equal branch of government? We need to look at things like the dereliction of duty. When President Trump — you know, we know he sat in the dining room next to the Oval Office while the attack was underway. He could have at any moment taken a few steps down the hall to the briefing room, gone on live television, and urged his supporters to stop and go home. And he didn’t do that. So, there are real legislative questions the Committee needs to answer and needs to think about, but that doesn’t mean that we’re going to have complete agreement or that I certainly agree with policy matters that I have not agreed with in the past.
 
BAIER: When you hear Trump supporters point to that speech that he made on the Mall saying supporters should, “peacefully and patriotically march to the Capitol,” what do you say? 
 
REP. CHENEY: Look, I think you have to look at the speech, you have to look at the extent to which he was urging people to, “fight like hell.” You have to look at the extent to which he had been for months, weeks before that, telling people, “Come to Washington, it will be wild.” I also think that you have to look at what he has said since. He continues to suggest that the violence on January 6th was justified. When he says, “November 3rd was the insurrection and January 6th was a protest,” what he is doing is continuing to undermine our electoral process. You know, he has gone to war with the rule of law, and I think that’s also really important for people to understand. We had over 60 state and federal courts that heard his claims — many of them were Trump judges. They heard the evidence in many of those cases, and they rejected them. The President of the United States has got a fundamental constitutional responsibility to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed, and that is what Donald Trump failed to do. 
 
BAIER: What’s the ultimate goal of the January 6th Committee? 
 
REP. CHENEY: We have several goals. One is obviously the legislative purpose that I have mentioned, the extent to which there may be legislation or enhanced penalties, for example, that we need to look at to make sure this never happens again. We also need to ensure the American people know the truth, that the American people understand minute-by-minute. You know, we know, for example, that President Trump attempted to pressure the people in his Justice Department. He said he was going to name Jeffrey Clark to be Attorney General, that he intended to do that. Jeffrey Clark has now told the Committee he wants to take the Fifth, and the entire leadership of his Justice Department threatened to resign. We know his White House Counsel also threatened to resign. We know President Trump pressured local government officials to try to overturn the election. All of those things are a fundamental threat to our democracy and things that have got to be investigated. The American people need to have the truth about what happened. 
 
BAIER: But it sounds like, Congresswoman, that the goal of the Committee, perhaps, is to go after Trump’s inner circle and prevent the former president from running for president again. Is that a fair assessment of the goal? 
 
REP. CHENEY: No, the goal of the Committee is what I said. You know, we are a Committee of Congress. Our responsibility is a legislative purpose, to determine what laws we have in place, what additional laws we might need to prevent an attack like that from ever happening again, and we need to understand what happened. We need to know what Members of this body were doing, what they were engaged in. One of my colleagues, Scott Perry, for example, was very active in attempting to have Jeffrey Clark appointed as Attorney General. We need to understand what happened. You know, the peaceful transfer of power is fundamental to the survival of our Republic. We all have a duty to ensure that peaceful transfer of power every four years. 
 
BAIER: What about the security failure here? The Capitol Police, the Architect of the Capitol, the Senate Sergeant at Arms have all turned over requested documents to the House Administration Committee overlooking the security aspect. The House Sergeant at Arms has not. Speaker Pelosi has said that the House Sergeant at Arms requested the National Guard, passed a note, there are open questions about the Speaker’s involvement and interactions with the Sergeant at Arms during that time. And yet, Chairman Thompson has announced, on your Committee, that the Speaker’s Office is off limits and that there is no call for those documents for the House Sergeant at Arms. Why is that if it’s designed to prevent something like this from not happening again?
 
REP. CHENEY: Well, look, the Committee itself is very focused on that issue. You know, we have an entire investigative team focused on the security failures that day, focused on the response of that day. We’ve got investigators looking at exactly the kinds of things that you mentioned. So, that is a really important set of issues. No office is off limits. No issue is off limits. We certainly need to get to the bottom of that. But it’s important, Bret, to remember that if you say that the security lapses at the Capitol are to blame for the assault on the Capitol by a mob provoked by President Trump, that’s the same thing as saying that the small business owners whose businesses were burned to the ground last summer by Antifa and BLM rioters, that the small business owners are responsible for that. And that’s wrong. So, security lapses are absolutely something that this Committee is looking at and focused on, and it’s one piece of a much larger issue that includes the former president’s efforts to overturn the results of the election. 
 
BAIER: So, you would push for the House Sergeant at Arms to cooperate and hand over documents, and the Speaker’s Office to cooperate as well, despite Chairman Thompson’s comments? 
 
REP. CHENEY: And they certainly are. And I think that, you know, what you are describing as Chairman Thompson’s comments are not accurate. It’s not an accurate description of what the Chairman has said. And, you know, he leads the Committee. And as I said, you know, we have got five investigative teams on the Committee, one of those five teams is focused precisely on this. All of our teams are staffed with non-political, professional prosecutors and investigators, and those security issues are going to be a focus of one part of this investigation. 
 
BAIER: What do you say to somebody sitting at home who may say, “Listen, I think that day was horrible, what happened that day was horrible. But I’m worried about getting my kids to school. I’m worried about what’s happening with COVID. I’m worried about the next economic blip that I may face,” and they look at the focus on 1/6 and say, “Why is this so important that I have to — that everything else gets pushed off to the side?” What do you say to them? 
 
REP. CHENEY: That I absolutely share those concerns. You know, I voted with President Trump 93% of the time – more than most Republican Members of the House of Representatives. I’m a conservative Republican. I believe that the policies of the Biden Administration are bad for this country, but I also know that this country must go forward on a basis of truth. We have got to be faithful to the Constitution and the rule of law. And that if we aren’t faithful to those things and if we don’t tell the truth about history, then the institutions themselves begin to unravel. So, if we want to be in a position where we can advocate conservative policies again, we’ve got to tell the truth about January 6th, and we have to make sure that it never happens again. 
 
BAIER: So, why did the Wyoming Republican Party pass this resolution to no longer recognize you as a Republican and put out this long lengthy statement about how you are closer to Nancy Pelosi, and they have a problem with that. Why? 
 
REP. CHENEY: Well, I would note the vote was 31-29. So, it was a close-run thing. And certainly, there are people in the state party apparatus of my home state who are quite radical. And some of those same people, include people who were here on January 6th, include a party chair who has toyed with the idea of secession. So, there is a very radical element of the Republican Party in the same way that there is a radical element of the Democratic Party. But we have to be in a position where we are able to come together, where we are able to focus on substance, on policy, and I look forward very much to putting my record of delivering for the people of Wyoming and fidelity to the Constitution up for the people of Wyoming to make a decision about this election cycle. 
 
BAIER: Last thing, quickly, and this is kind of process — but you are the Co-Chair of the January 6th Committee. Speaker Pelosi put you in that position. Who is the Ranking Member of the Committee? 
 
REP. CHENEY: Well, I’m not the Co-Chair. Chairman Thompson is the Chairman. 
 
BAIER: Vice Chair.
 
REP. CHENEY: Yes, I’m the Vice Chair, and I am the Ranking Republican by nature of when I was appointed. The Committee — I know that some on the Republican side who are attempting to obstruct the work of the Committee, include my colleague Jim Banks, for example, who has been sending letters to federal agencies claiming that he is the Ranking Member of the Committee, which he’s not. This Committee is a bipartisan Committee. It was constituted completely in accordance with the rules of the House, and with the rules of resolution that created it. And Minority Leader McCarthy refused to name people. He pulled back all of the people that he had appointed to the Committee. We are working in a nonpartisan fashion, and we are going to get our work done despite attempts to try to block and obstruct. 
 
BAIER: And will you push for the release of the hundreds or thousands of hours of videotape that has not come out?
 
REP. CHENEY: Yes, I think it’s really important for the American people to have a full picture. There are a lot of conspiracy theories that people are pushing that are dangerous and that are wrong. And I think people need to have a full picture of what happened on January 6th here at the Capitol, at the White House, and also in the weeks leading up to it. 
 
BAIER: Congresswoman Cheney, we appreciate you coming on. We want to hear from all sides, thanks.
 
REP. CHENEY: I appreciate it. Thank you.

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