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January 6 committee staff angry at Liz Cheney for ‘focusing too much on Trump’, report says

Staff members of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol are reportedly angry with Liz Cheney for her willingness to focus on former President Donald Trump in the final report.

Ms. Cheney, the panel’s Republican vice chair, left ranked staffers on the panel with high control over the investigation and final report, panel members said. The Washington Post.

Several staffers believe the outgoing representative from Wyoming is turning the committee into a vehicle for her own political future, he reported.

“We all came from prestigious jobs, giving up what we were doing because we were told it would be a major investigative inquiry that would inform the public,” said a former committee member. The post office. “But when [the committee] became a Cheney 2024 campaign, many of us got discouraged.

Reacting to the report, Mr Trump lashed out at Ms Cheney, calling her a “psycho”.

“It’s the title of The Washington Postand those who know Chaney [sic] aren’t surprised because she’s a complete PSYCHO, has no respect for the truth about what really happened, and is angry that the people of the Great State of Wyoming put her out to pasture in a record defeat,” Mr. Trump wrote on Truth Social, referring to Ms. Cheney’s loss in his state’s Republican primary earlier this year.

“She blames me for it, but she has only herself to blame,” he added.

A spokesperson for Ms Cheney hit back at the report, saying her decision to focus on the former president was justified because he is the “first president in American history to attempt to nullify an election and prevent the peaceful transfer of power”.

“So great, Liz is ‘prioritizing’ figuring out what he did and how he did it and making sure it doesn’t happen again,” said Jeremy Adler, her spokesperson.

It comes as the panel is about to conclude its long investigation into unprecedented rioting in the US Capitol by Mr Trump’s supporters.

At least 15 former and current staff members who spoke on condition of anonymity discussed internal deliberations and raised concerns that important aspects of the investigation will not become available to people due to too much focus on Mr. Trump.

Members said she took on too much responsibility, even more so than Rep. Bennie Thompson, who chairs the committee. Several staffers reportedly said she wanted the report to focus on Mr Trump and pushed for the hearings “to focus largely on his conduct”.

“Trump has lit the fuse on all of this, but he’s kind of irrelevant now – it doesn’t matter if he’s running for president. … Of course, we want to stop Trump any way we can, but we’ll always be facing these types of organized militias or lone attackers in five to 10 years,” said a committee staff member.

“I don’t think it’s good for the committee or democracy as a whole if this whole final report is the case against Trump.”

Ms. Cheney and Mr. Thompson did not respond to the report.

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