Liz Cheney lost the House leadership last year and lost the primary this year. What he got instead was a job given to him by Nancy Pelosi on the Jan. 6 committee and a lot of strange new respect from Democrats. Now that Democrats have lost control of the House, the committee’s partisan staff is turning to Cheney.
Fifteen former and current employees, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal discussions, said they were concerned that important findings unrelated to Trump would not be released to the American public…
Several committee staffers spoke out earlier this month when they said the draft report would focus almost entirely on Trump and the committee’s Gold Team work, excluding other investigative work.
Potentially left out or added to the cutting room floor were many statements from “Blue Team” — the group investigating the failure of law enforcement and the intelligence community to assess an impending threat and prepare for a well-predicted attack. Capitol. The proposed report would also cut much of the work of the Green Team, which looked into the financing of the January 6 attack, and the Purple Team, which investigated militia groups and extremism.
“We all came from prestigious jobs, we quit what we did because we were told it was going to be an important fact-finding investigation that would inform the public,” said one former committee staffer. “But when [the committee] Cheney has turned into a 2024 campaign, and most of us are disappointed.”
Cheney’s spokesman, Jeremy Adler, defended the focus on Trump and also criticized staffers for presenting “subtext” full of “liberal bias.”
Adler added: “Some staffers submitted inferior material for the report that reflected long-held liberal biases about federal law enforcement, Republicans, and sociological issues outside the work of the Select Committee. “He will not subscribe to any ‘narrative’ that suggests Republicans are inherently racist or stigmatize men and women in law enforcement, or advocate white supremacy for any American who believes God has blessed America.”
What else can you say at this point? who do you think these people were? But some staffers the Post spoke with suggested the Jan. 6 report would have turned into a 2-mark of the Mueller report without Cheney:
Without Cheney’s leadership, the committee would not be on track to issue a unified final report by the end of the year, two people familiar with the process said. One of these people called some of the investigators’ statements “uneven.”
“They were heading toward a worse version of the Mueller report that no one would read, and Cheney knew it,” this person said.
Committee spokesman Tim Mulvey supported Cheney and criticized the “disgruntled workers” quoted in the Post story. “They have forgotten their duty as public servants and their cowardice is helping Donald Trump and others responsible for the January 6 violence,” he said.
I think that’s great, but do you think Tim Mulvey and the Democrats who run this know who the disgruntled workers are? The story suggests that internal tensions in the committee are well known to the lawmakers involved, some of whom are angry that internal debates have ended up in the news. Thus, they will dismiss any relationship or act to hide their internal dissatisfaction.
As I read this, I can’t help but think of Ryan Grimm’s report on how progressive advocacy groups can’t get anything done because the level of internal dissent has become so extreme. I wonder if it is not the same here? It appears that a group of far-left workers have decided that Cheney’s presence is tarnishing the product and want him canceled. And the push from Cheney’s spook makes it sound like he’s trying to keep some of the nonsense out of the final report because a) he knows it’s dumb and b) he knows it will be used to discredit the rest of the report.
I don’t to know That’s what happened here, but it’s a familiar pattern at this point. Almost every left-wing organization these days is ultimately a conflict between the Democratic Party establishment and awakened rebels who want more control and more attention to themselves. I guess we’ll just have to pop some popcorn while we wait to see more leaks about the committee’s internal discontent printed.