Republican House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has put Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on notice, telling the outgoing GOP congresswoman and her allies on the anti-Trump Jan. 6 Committee to “preserve all records and transcripts.”
The warning comes as McCarthy promises to launch a full investigation into the special committee supposedly probing the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
McCarthy wrote a letter to the committee that said: “You’ve spent a year and a half and millions of taxpayers’ dollars conducting this investigation.
“It is imperative that all information collected be preserved not just for institutional prerogatives but for transparency to the American people.
“The American people have a right to know that the allegations you have made are supported by the facts.
“The official Congressional Records do not belong to you or any member, but to the American people, and they are owed all of the information you gathered — not merely the information that comports with your political agenda,” he wrote.
Kevin McCarthy reminds J6 Committee chair Bennie Thompson to ‘preserve all records collected and transcripts of testimony taken during your investigation.’ Via @FDRLST: https://t.co/429Zc1ahkC pic.twitter.com/GHmcb6UWoR
— Byron York (@ByronYork) November 30, 2022
McCarthy is demanding all records be preserved because recent media reports claim that the Jan. 6 Committee, at Cheney’s urging, has been focusing only on Trump and not any security failures.
McCarthy wrote that “some reports suggest that entire swaths of findings will be left out of the Committee’s final report.”
Democrat Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), who chairs the committee with Cheney, said:
“McCarthy had a chance to have members on the committee, he had a chance to come and testify before the committee, so, I think the horse has left the barn.”
See the full letter here.