Rep. Liz Cheney didn’t just get beat during her August primary, she was destroyed by Trump-backed Harriet Hageman.
But her problems may have only just begun.
House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who is expected to become the next Speaker, has sent a letter to the January 6 Committee she co-chairs, demanding its members preserve all documents.
“You’ve spent a year and a half and millions of taxpayers’ dollars conducting this investigation,” McCarthy wrote.
“It is imperative that all information collected be preserved not just for institutional prerogatives but for transparency to the American people. The American people have a right to know that the allegations you have made are supported by the facts,” he added.
“The official Congressional Records do not belong to you or any member, but to the American people, and they are owed all of the information you gathered — not merely the information that comports with your political agenda,” he said.
Kevin McCarthy reminds J6 Committee chair Bennie Thompson to 'preserve all records collected and transcripts of testimony taken during your investigation.' Via @FDRLST: https://t.co/429Zc1ahkC pic.twitter.com/GHmcb6UWoR
— Byron York (@ByronYork) November 30, 2022
He made his demand following reports last week that said the committee, at Liz Cheney’s urging, will focus only on former President Donald Trump and not any security failures.
He wrote that “some reports suggest that entire swaths of findings will be left out of the Committee’s final report.”
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the committee’s chairman, responded: “McCarthy had a chance to have members on the committee, he had a chance to come and testify before the committee, so, I think the horse has left the barn.”
But that’s not entirely true; outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) refused to seat five Republicans that McCarthy had selected for the committee, which he said at the time was unprecedented.