Cheney to McCarthy: ‘You Can’t Bury Our Head in the Sand’
One day after Minority Leader McCarthy invented yet another story to excuse former President Trump’s conduct on January 6, Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney publicly broke with McCarthy and voiced support for a bipartisan commission focused on the violent insurrection at the Capitol.
Hours earlier at a press conference, Cheney — who was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump — publicly broke with McCarthy over the scope of a commission investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
McCarthy wants a broader scope that explores all kinds of political violence, including the protests that erupted last summer in response to police brutality. But Cheney has called for a different approach, arguing the commission needs to be tightly focused on Jan. 6.
“If we minimize what happened on Jan. 6th and if we appease it, then we will be in a situation where every election cycle, you could potentially have another constitutional crisis,” Cheney said later in an interview with POLITICO. “If you get into a situation where we don't guarantee a peaceful transfer of power, we won't have learned the lessons of Jan. 6."
"And you can't bury our head in the sand," she added. "It matters hugely to the survival of the country.”
McCarthy has resisted the creation of a bipartisan commission focused on examining January’s violent insurrection at the Capitol. While doing so, he has contradicted Rep. Jamie Herrera-Buetler’s account of a heated mid-riot phone call with the President and been accused of ‘losing control’ of the ‘decaf version of the KKK’ within the House Republican Conference.