Liz Cheney Welcomes January 6 Commission, Says Americans Need 'The Truth'

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) has welcomed the prospect of a bipartisan commission to examine the violence of January 6, insisting Americans need to know "the truth" of what happened that day.

The House Homeland Security Committee agreed on the formation of a 10-member commission on Friday to investigate the deadly violence at the Capitol. A vote on launching the proposed commission is due to take place in the House next week, the Associated Press reported.

The bill was negotiated between House Democrats and Republican Congressman John Katko of New York.

In a statement, Cheney said: "All members, especially House and Senate leaders, should support this effort and there should be no delay in passing this bill to find the facts and the truth about what happened on January 6th and the events leading up to it.

"In the aftermath of national crises, such as Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy assassination, or September 11th, our nation has established commissions so the American people know the truth and we can prevent these events from happening again. The same thing is needed for January 6th and this commission is an important step forward to answering those fundamental questions."

Cheney previously suggested there was "concern" among some Republicans over the prospect of a commission.

In an interview on NBC's The Today Show, Cheney said: "There is real concern among a number of members of my own party about a January 6 commission."

She added: "I think that that kind of intense, narrow focus threatens people in my party who may have been playing a role they should not have been playing."

Cheney was asked if she felt a commission might find some Republicans complicit, and she said she did not want to "go that far."

Cheney was one of the 10 Republicans in the House to vote to impeach President Donald Trump following the events of January 6.

She has continued to be critical of his words and actions surrounding the attack on the Capitol, which came after his supporters rallied in Washington, D.C., as they continued to dispute the presidential election result.

Trump has persisted with baseless claims the election was stolen from him due to fraud. There is no evidence of irregularities on a scale which could have changed the outcome of the election.

Cheney was ousted from her position as House Republican Conference chair this week, following her persistent criticism of the former president.

She has continued to criticize him, and vowed to do all she can to prevent the prospect of him returning to the White House in future.

Newsweek has contacted Cheney's office for further comment on the commission.

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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) talks to reporters after House Republicans voted to remove her as conference chair in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center on May 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images