Liz Cheney Denies Trump Claim That Jan 6 Committee Has 'Given Up' on Obtaining His Records

Representative Liz Cheney, the vice-chair of the January 6 committee, is denying former President Donald Trump's claim that the House panel has "given up" on trying to obtain his records as part of their investigation.

Tweeting out a screenshot of Trump's Wednesday statement on the probe, Cheney wrote: "False. The ⁦@January6thCmte⁩ hasn't dropped requests for any necessary records."

"In fact, we're actively litigating to obtain White House records Trump is trying to conceal," she added. "We will not allow him to hide the truth about January 6th, or his conduct, from the American people."

The Wyoming congresswoman's remarks come in response to Trump's claim that the committee "dropped a large portion of their request for my records and documents."

"The reason that they dropped the records request is that they don't want this horror show to happen to [President Joe] Biden and [his son] Hunter in three years," Trump alleged. "This also changes the entire complexion of their request, not that there are any documents that would be incriminating or a problem for me—but the Witch Hunt continues."

Trump's statement was released this week as a legal challenge over his claims of executive privilege heads to the Supreme Court.

The former president has asserted presidential power over more than 1,500 pages from his administration that the January 6 committee has summoned as part of their probe into the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol almost a year ago.

On Wednesday, Trump's legal team filed a brief appealing the decision made by lower court judges earlier this month.

On December 9, a three-judge federal appeals panel blocked Trump from invoking executive privilege and ruled that the National Archive should hand over the documents to the Congressional committee, especially since Biden has chosen not to uphold Trump's claims.

Lawyers for the White House and Congress are expected to file a counterargument to the high court on Thursday.

The House panel has already recommended criminal contempt charges against former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and former Department of Justice (DOJ) official Jeffrey Clark. Both former Trump officials have cited executive privilege in their refusal to testify in front of the committee.

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Representative Liz Cheney said the January 6 committee is "actively litigating to obtain White House records Trump is trying to conceal." Above, Cheney listens during a congressional hearing at the Rayburn House Office building on Capitol Hill on September 29, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Olivier Douliery/Pool

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who also refused to comply with the committee's subpoena, was indicted by a federal grand jury on two charges of contempt in November. A federal judge has set a tentative start date of July 18 for Bannon's trial.

Cheney is one of two Republicans on the committee.

The panel was supposed to feature five Republican members appointed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, but McCarthy rescinded all of his recommendations after House Leader Nancy Pelosi rejected two of his recommendations—Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan—over concerns of the investigation's integrity.

Pelosi went on to appoint Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger, one of the ten House Republicans that voted for Trump's second impeachment, to the January 6 committee.