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GOP Rep. Liz Cheney named vice chair of panel investigating Jan. 6 Capitol attack

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GOP Rep. Liz Cheney named vice chair of panel investigating Jan. 6 Capitol attack
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., listens during the opening hearing of the U.S. House committee investigating the January 6 U.S. Capitol attack, at the Canon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., on July 27. File Photo by Jim Bourg/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney, who has rankled members of her party in Congress over her opposition to former President Donald Trump, will be vice chair of the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack, lawmakers said Thursday

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House select committee investigating the attack, made the announcement.

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Cheney was selected earlier this year by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the committee. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois is the only other GOP lawmaker presently on the panel. There are four vacant spots intended to be filled by House Republicans.

"[Cheney] has demonstrated again and again her commitment to getting answers about January 6th, ensuring accountability, and doing whatever it takes to protect democracy for the American people," Thompson said in a statement.

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"Her leadership and insights have shaped the early work of the select committee and this appointment underscores the bipartisan nature of this effort."

The panel is investigating the assault on the Capitol by radical Trump supporters who entered the building to disrupt certification of Joe Biden as winner of the 2020 election and the new president of the United States.

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"Every member of this committee is dedicated to conducting a non-partisan, professional and thorough investigation of all the relevant facts regarding January 6th and the threat to our Constitution we faced that day," said Cheney, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

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"I have accepted the position of vice chair of the committee to assure that we achieve that goal. We owe it to the American people to investigate everything that led up to, and transpired on, January 6th."

Cheney and Kinzinger are rare members of the Republican Party who have expressed a desire to investigate the Capitol attack. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has threatened tech companies who cooperate with the inquiry.

McCarthy, who withdrew his nominees for the committee when Pelosi rejected Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Jim Banks, R-Ind., said the companies would be breaking the law by cooperating.

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"If these companies comply with the Democrat order to turn over private information, they are in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States," he said, according to The Washington Post.

"If companies still choose to violate federal law, a Republican majority will not forget and will stand with Americans to hold them fully accountable under the law."

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Cheney has previously slammed Trump for inciting the Capitol attack and said she intends to do everything possible to ensure that he never holds public office again.

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Sgt. Aquilino Gonell of the U.S. Capitol Police wipes away tears Tuesday as he testifies before members of the Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Pool Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/UPI | License Photo

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