The committee stepped up its investigation last week, sending a flurry of inquiries to federal agencies, social media platforms, and telecommunications companies for records and documents related to the January 6 attack on the Capitol and the efforts of Trump or his to preserve allies from overturning the 2020 elections.
McCarthy threatened telecommunications companies filing records to the select committee earlier this week, warning them in a statement that a “Republican majority will not be forgotten”.
In a statement accompanying her appointment as vice-chair of the selected panel, Cheney reiterated her determination to investigate the truth about the insurrection and vowed that the committee would not “be deterred by threats or attempted obstruction”.
“Every member of this committee strives to conduct an impartial, professional and thorough investigation of all relevant facts regarding January 6th and the threat to our constitution that we faced that day. I have accepted the position of Vice-Chair of the Committee to ensure that we achieve this goal, ”she said.
The move is likely to exacerbate tensions among Republicans in the House of Representatives. Thompson’s announcement comes as Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the far right Freedom Caucus, asked The Republican leadership of the House of Representatives changes party rules to remove Cheney and Kinzinger from the Republican conference.
The two were “spies for the Democrats,” Biggs wrote in a letter, adding that they could not be trusted “to attend our Republican Conference meetings while we plan our defense against the Democrats.”
McCarthy has largely refused to crackdown on Cheney and Kinzinger for taking roles on the select committee despite pressure from other House Republicans to punish them. But Republicans removed Cheney from her position in the leadership of the House of Representatives earlier this year for her outspoken criticism of Trump.