GOP Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) sparked outrage in the House on January 6 Committee staffers over her sway on the final committee report. According to witnesses and former committee members, Cheney is alleged to have manipulated the final report due to the public next month. Some say she has emphasized too much on Donald Trump and not enough other important information has been included in the report.
Cheney’s office denied the allegations and said the information that the congresswoman had taken out of the report was permeated with “liberal bias.” Former staffers are calling the changes strictly political. But her focus on Trump may come at the cost of other committee research regarding law enforcement, militia groups, and financing.
Staffers claim that the committee has become a Cheney 2024 campaign which has led to discouragement among the group. Complaints that staffers have left prestigious jobs to engage in critical fact-finding investigations that would inform the public are on the rise within the committee. But Jeremy Adler, a Cheney spokesman, said that the congresswoman is trying to uphold the committee’s work integrity by cutting out “liberal bias” that has infected the draft report.
Adler said, “Donald Trump is the first president in American history to attempt to overturn an election and prevent the peaceful transfer of power.” Cheney is prioritizing the investigative findings on Trump to understand what he did and how. The goal is to ensure a peaceful transfer of power remains in years moving forward.
Sarah’s right. It explains the news that the Jan 6 committee report is controlled by Liz Cheney, will focus only on Trump & not include any of the organizers, funders & planners. This is not what we signed up for. https://t.co/4ERJvV2Xzk
— if i could only remember my name (@jakeflip) November 26, 2022
The staff has reportedly sent in mediocre material for the report, which includes liberal biases about federal law enforcement. Cheney refuses to sign and send a report with any narrative suggesting Republicans are racist. Further, she will not co-sign to a campaign smear of men and women in law enforcement. The congresswoman is also checking the report to eliminate any suggestion that any American who believes in God is a white supremacist.
Tim Mulvey, January 6 Committee spokesman, backs Cheney in her efforts. Mulvey said that reports have always been bipartisan fact-finding and disgruntled staff will not change the committee’s ongoing work. The historical reports of the committee speak for themselves.