Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., angered many Republicans by sitting on the House Jan. 6 select committee, and now she has rankled the panel's Democrat members, The Washington Post reported.
Cheney, vice chair of the committee, has upset Democrats by pushing to focus the panel’s final report primarily on former president Donald Trump, The Post reported Wednesday.
Members also see Cheney trying to use the committee as the vehicle for her political future.
"We all came from prestigious jobs, dropping what we were doing because we were told this would be an important fact-finding investigation that would inform the public," one former committee staffer told the newspaper.
"But when [the committee] became a Cheney 2024 campaign, many of us became discouraged."
The Post report did not go unnoticed by Trump.
" 'January 6 committee staffers are angry at Rep. Liz Chaney for focusing too much on Trump in final report.' This is the headline in The Washington Post, and those that know Chaney are not surprised because she is a complete PSYCHO, has no regard for the truth as to what really happened, and is angry that the people of the Great State of Wyoming put her out to pasture in a record setting defeat," Trump posted on Truth Social early Wednesday evening.
"She blames me for this, but she only has herself to blame. Pelosi loved watching 'Liz' go BONKERS!"
Pelosi formed the Jan. 6 select committee — comprised of Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. — to investigate events surrounding the attack on the Capitol.
The panel's final report is expected before the GOP takes over control of the House in January.
Fifteen former and current Jan. 6 committee staffers told the Post they were concerned that important findings unrelated to Trump will not become available to the public.
The newspaper said several committee staff members "were floored earlier this month" when they were told that a draft report would focus almost entirely on Trump.
Among the information potentially omitted is material gathered by investigators digging into the law enforcement and intelligence community’s failure to assess the threat and adequately prepare for the attack on the Capitol.
Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler issued a statement to the Post in response to the criticisms.
"Donald Trump is the first president in American history to attempt to overturn an election and prevent the peaceful transfer of power," Adler said. "So, damn right Liz is ‘prioritizing’ understanding what he did and how he did it and ensuring it never happens again.
"Some staff have submitted subpar material for the report that reflects long-held liberal biases about federal law enforcement, Republicans, and sociological issues outside the scope of the Select Committee’s work.
"She won’t sign onto any ‘narrative’ that suggests Republicans are inherently racist or smears men and women in law enforcement, or suggests every American who believes God has blessed America is a white supremacist."
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