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Liz Cheney: McCarthy must testify about Trump’s views on the Capitol attack

Lawmakers agree to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the violation, but doubts remain about the Republican Party’s support. More than 440 people were arrested in connection with the attack and charged with crimes, including the use of a deadly or dangerous weapon and assaulting a police officer. Photo: Roberto Schmidt / AFP / Getty Images The leader of the Republican minority, Kevin McCarthy, must testify before the commission to investigate the January 6 attack on Capitol Hill, Wyoming representative Liz Cheney said on Friday, because he “said publicly that it has information about the president’s state of mind that day ”. House Democrats and Republicans agreed to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the Capitol riot. The terms of the proposed commission fell short of Republican demands, however, casting doubt on whether the Republican Party will vote in favor of its creation. This week, McCarthy chaired Cheney’s expulsion from the Republican leadership in the House, about his refusal to support Donald Trump’s lie that his defeat in the elections for Joe Biden was the result of mass electoral fraud and the role of that lie in stoking the attack on Congress. Speaking to ABC News’ This Week in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday, Cheney said McCarthy “absolutely should” testify before any commission, and that she “would not be surprised if he was summoned”. As agreed by the Democratic chairman of the House’s internal security committee, Bennie Thompson, Mississippi, and Republican John Katko of New York, the commission would have subpoena power if the Democratic-nominated president and the Republican-nominated vice president agreed, or whether the majority of the equally divided 10-person panel voted in favor. I am very happy that they rejected leader McCarthy’s suggestions that we should somehow dilute the committee. Liz Cheney The panel would be based on the 9/11 Commission, which was created in late 2002 and published its report in 2004. A vote on National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act, the legislation needed to create the panel, could happen as early as next week. McCarthy did not immediately support the deal. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi proposed a commission in February, but the process has stalled. Democrats wanted the commission to focus exclusively on the January 6 attack. Republicans wanted to include violence during protests against police brutality last summer, which they attribute to leftist groups. There was also disagreement about the composition of the commission and its powers of subpoena. Thompson was asked to negotiate with Katko, like Cheney, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump on charges of inciting an insurrection. Trump was not convicted, as only seven Republican senators voted to do so. If the commission is formed, it will investigate only the events of 6 January. Five members, including the president, would be selected by Pelosi and Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer. Five, including a vice president, would be nominated by McCarthy and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell. Current government officials would not be appointed. Members would have “significant experience in the areas of law enforcement, civil rights, civil liberties, privacy, intelligence and cybersecurity”. A final report will be required, describing the facts and causes and providing recommendations for preventing future attacks. Authorities are still examining videos and photos from January 6. Told by Trump to “fight like hell”, hundreds of his supporters invaded the Capitol. Some sought out lawmakers, including Trump’s vice president Mike Pence, to capture and possibly kill. Five people died. More than 440 people were arrested in connection with the attack and charged with crimes, including the use of a deadly or dangerous weapon and assaulting a police officer. Prosecutors said they expect to charge about 100 more. McCarthy spoke to Trump as the attack continued. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Washington state Republican, said McCarthy told her that when he asked the president to cancel his supporters, Trump replied, “Well, Kevin, I think these people are more upset about the election than you are.” In a recent interview with Fox News, McCarthy, who firmly aligned his party with Trump, avoided questions about Beutler’s statement, but did not deny it. Cheney told ABC, “I hope he doesn’t demand a subpoena, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was subpoenaed.” In announcing his deal with Katko, Thompson said: “There is a growing consensus that the January 6 attack is of national complexity and significance that what we need is an independent commission to investigate.” Pelosi said: “It is imperative that we seek the truth about what happened on January 6 with an independent, bipartisan 9/11 type commission to examine and report the facts, causes and security related to the crowd’s terrorist attack.” Cheney said that “the elements of this commission are exactly as they should be. I am very happy that they rejected leader McCarthy’s suggestions that we should somehow dilute the commission. It is very important that it is focused only on the 6th of January and the events that will precede it. Cheney, a hard-line conservative, is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and a member of the Republican establishment. But she was replaced in the House leadership by Elise Stefanik, a Trump-backed New Yorker. Cheney said that his expulsion was “dangerous. I think we have to recognize how quickly things can fall apart. We have to recognize what it means for the nation to have an ex-president who did not give in and who continues to suggest that our electoral system cannot work, cannot do the will of the people ”. She also said she regretted voting for Trump. “I would never support Joe Biden and I regret the vote,” she said. “It was a vote based on politics, based on substance and in terms of the types of policies he put forward that were good for the country. But I think it is fair to say that I regret the vote. “

Paula Fonseca