Liz Cheney Hits Back at Claim 1/6 Commission Is 'Dead' and 'Trump Wins'

Representative Liz Cheney has hit back at claims that the House Select Committee investigating the events of January 6 is "already dead" and won't pursue subpoenas of former Trump aides.

Cheney, a Republican who represents Wyoming's at-large congressional district, took to Twitter on Friday to respond to claims and harsh criticism from political strategist and Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson.

Four former aides to former President Donald Trump - former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Defense Department official Kash Patel, White House adviser Steve Bannon, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino - had until midnight on Thursday to hand over documents to the committee relating to January 6.

A lawyer for Trump had instructed the four men in a letter not to cooperate with the committee, citing executive privilege, and it appeared on Friday that at least some of them would comply with that instruction.

Wilson, who was a prominent Republican strategist before leaving the party following the 2016 presidential election, wrote a long Twitter thread arguing the select committee had already failed in its task.

"I have some bad news. After multiple calls I have some extremely grim news," Wilson said. "As of now 1/6 commission is dead already, and will not enforce the subpoenas. Trump wins. The 1/6 terror plot will go unexamined and unpunished. To say I'm livid is putting it mildly.

"This is staffed wrong, led wrong, and a gutless exercise to get back to talking about infrastructure. They're not taking the risk seriously, they're not taking the data before them seriously, and they're eager to run out the clock," he went on.

This is not true. 1/6 Committee is making significant progress and we will enforce subpoenas. Committee statement coming soon.

— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) October 8, 2021

Wilson went on to explain what he said he had been "told" about the committee's plan and criticized Democrats' handling of the situation.

Cheney responded to Wilson's initial tweet, saying: "This is not true. 1/6 Committee is making significant progress and we will enforce subpoenas. Committee statement coming soon."

Wilson responded in turn, retweeting Cheney and writing: "I WANT to be wrong on this. The bad guys ALREADY believe that the committee lacks resolve, as evidenced by their response to the current tranche of subpeonas [sic]. I hope you tell them clearly."

The select committee issued the statement mentioned by Cheney on Friday. It was attributed to Cheney and committee chair Representative Bennie Thompson, a Democrat representing Mississippi's 2nd district.

"While Mr. Meadows and Mr. Patel are, so far, engaging with the Select Committee, Mr. Bannon has indicated that he will try to hide behind vague references to privileges of the former President. The Select Committee fully expects all of these witnesses to comply with our demands for both documents and deposition testimony," the statement said.

"Though the Select Committee welcomes good-faith engagement with witnesses seeking to cooperate with our investigation, we will not allow any witness to defy a lawful subpoena or attempt to run out the clock, and we will swiftly consider advancing a criminal contempt of Congress referral," the statement went on.

Wilson did not appear to be impressed by the state, simply tweeting the phrase "swiftly consider." He later retweeted the select committee's tweet calling his thread "nonsense."

"I want NOTHING more than for y'all to saddle up and star [sic] holding bad guys to account. Right now, the bad guys think you're weak and they're laughing at you. So get to it," he said.

Liz Cheney Listens at a House Committee
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) listens during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan at the Rayburn House Office building on Capitol Hill on September 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. Cheney has hit back at Rick Wilson's claim that the January 6 committee will not enforce subpoenas. Olivier Douliery - Pool/Getty Images