Committee staffers were alarmed by Cheney’s focus on Trump

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This is Liz Cheney speaking at a microphone.

Liz Cheney at a Michigan campaign event in early November. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Look for a comprehensive final report from House January 6 committee in mid-December — I’m told to expect about 1,000 pages.

Why it’s important: That selection has exceeded expectations, hearing by hearing – new information is constantly emerging about one of the most consequential, but also most documented, events in American history.

  • Committee members will hold a presentation event as they synthesize their findings for history, ahead of the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in early January.

🔎 The intrigue: Fifteen past and present January 6 committee staff tell The Washington Post they are angry and disillusioned with Vice President Liz Cheney’s “push to focus the report primarily on former President Donald Trump.”

  • These sources “have insisted that the committee has morphed into what they have come to see as the vehicle for the outgoing Wyoming lawmaker’s political future,” The Post reports on today’s A1, “January 6 panel report subject to controversy.”
  • So have the sources “expressed concern that important findings unrelated to Trump will not become available to the American public.”

🔥 Jeremy Adler, spokesman for Congressman Cheney said in a statement to The Post and Axios: “Donald Trump is the first president in American history to try to overturn an election and prevent the peaceful transfer of power. So damn right, Liz ‘prioritizes’ understanding, what he did and how he did it and make sure it never happens again.

  • “Some employees have submitted subordinate material to the report that reflects long-standing liberal prejudices about federal law enforcement, Republicans, and sociological issues outside the scope of the Select Committee’s work.

  • “She won’t log on any ‘narrative’ that suggests Republicans are inherently racist – or vilifies men and women in law enforcement, or suggests that any American who believes God has blessed America is a white supremacist.
  • “Rep. Cheney has been clear that the committee’s report will cover all aspects of the January 6 attack, including the security response, and the role of violent extremist groups at home, but they will not blame federal law enforcement for Donald Trump’s assault on our democracy.”

🥊 Reality check: The hearings focused on Trump. It should surprise no one that the report does as well.

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