Rep. Liz Cheney’s role on the Jan. 6 select committee has been elevated to vice chair of the panel, Chairman Bennie Thompson announced on Thursday.
The promotion will allow the Wyoming Republican to lead proceedings in the event of Thompson’s absence, placing her in the No. 2 ranking member on the committee.
Cheney has come under fire from her GOP colleagues for accepting Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s offer to join the panel tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot — after she was ousted from her position as GOP conference chair in May.
“Representative Cheney has demonstrated again and again her commitment to getting answers about January 6th, ensuring accountability, and doing whatever it takes to protect democracy for the American people. Her leadership and insights have shaped the early work of the Select Committee and this appointment underscores the bipartisan nature of this effort,” Thompson said in a statement.
The announcement comes as House Freedom Caucus