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Cheney: McCarthy should 'absolutely' testify before Jan. 6 commission

Cheney: McCarthy should 'absolutely' testify before Jan. 6 commission
© Greg Nash

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney House Democrats to Schumer: Vote again on Jan. 6 probe Cheney compares Trump claims to Chinese Communist Party: 'It's very dangerous' Stefanik pregnant with her first child MORE (R-Wyo.) said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyPelosi, leaders seek to squelch Omar controversy with rare joint statement Omar: I wasn't equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries Schumer bemoans number of Republicans who believe Trump will be reinstated: 'A glaring warning' MORE (R-Calif.) should “absolutely” testify before the commission that was made to look into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

“He absolutely should and I wouldn’t be surprised if he were subpoenaed,” Cheney said in a preview clip of her interview on ABC News’s "This Week" that will air Sunday.

“I think he very clearly and said publicly that he’s got information about the president’s state of mind that day,” Cheney added.

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Cheney was voted out of her leadership position in the House on Wednesday with McCarthy supporting her removal after she continued to criticize former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE and others who have pushed election fraud conspiracy theories. 

The bipartisan Jan. 6 commission was announced Friday; five Democrats and five Republicans will be investigating the events that occurred leading up to the Capitol attack.

“The elements of that commission are exactly as they should be. I'm very glad they rejected Leader McCarthy’s suggestions that somehow we should dilute the commission,” Cheney said.

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McCarthy attempted to expand the commission to include violence that occurred at some Black Lives Matter protests last summer and the attack on the Capitol on Good Friday during which an officer was killed.

She said she hopes McCarthy “doesn’t require a subpoena” to testify; however, she “wouldn’t be surprised” if he did. 

McCarthy told reporters Friday that he has not completely read the bill to create the commission yet and has therefore not signed off on it.