But, it’s Cheney who appears to be misrepresenting herself as the top Republican ranking member on the committee.
According to multiple eyewitness sources and documents, January 6 Select Committee staff have been falsely telling witnesses that Republican staff will be present for interviews. De facto, not a single Republican-appointed member of Congress nor a single staff member representing the Republican conference is part of the controversial committee.
Witnesses are being told that John Wood, a longtime ally of the Cheney family, will represent Republicans when witnesses testify. But neither Cheney nor her friend is representing the Republican conference. Cheney was appointed to the committee early in July by Pelosi herself.
“John Wood works for the Democrat Party, just like Liz Cheney, who was appointed by Pelosi and is not the Ranking Member of the Select Committee. She is misleading witnesses, before they testify under penalty of law, about the motives and the position of the person questioning them,” declared Banks, who has continued leading Republicans’ investigation of the federal government’s handling of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
Cheney’s work with CNN was designed to prevent him from receiving answers to the questions the select committee was ostensibly set up to answer.
Cheney was given six days to explain whether she considers herself just the Democrat-appointed Vice-Chair of the committee or also the Republican ranking member, as is being represented to key witnesses. She has not responded to multiple requests for comment.
The misrepresentation is vital as the absence of any ranking member — in this case, any Republican-appointed member — or minority party staff means the Committee is failing to adhere to ironclad rules for its work.
Pelosi “blew up” the Jan. 6 Committee when she took what she admitted was the “unprecedented” step of refusing to seat multiple Republican-appointed members, including the highly respected Navy officer and Indiana Republican Banks, who was to be the Committee’s ranking member. She also barred Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who currently serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.
Cheney was promoted to Vice-Chair in September following her stalwart work on Pelosi’s behalf. Cheney, who Wyoming Republicans have criticized for working against Republican voters and their interests, lost her position as House Conference Chair for hijacking multiple briefings for Republican policy initiatives to talk about her vendetta against Trump. She is facing precipitously low poll ratings.