Cheney rips claims Jan. 6 was ‘false flag operation’
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on Sunday likened the claim that the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol was a “false flag operation” to individuals who say the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were an “inside job.”
Asked by host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” if there is any truth to arguments that the Jan. 6 attack was a “false flag operation” — specifically that liberal individuals from the “deep state” created the riots to set up conservatives and Trump supporters — Cheney said, “None at all” before comparing the assertions to ones made in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.
“It’s the same kind of thing that you hear from people who say that 9/11 was an inside job, for example. It’s un-American to be spreading those kinds of lies, and they are lies,” Cheney said.
The Wyoming congresswoman is one of two Republican lawmakers serving on the House select committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 attack. She is joined by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) on the panel.
Cheney said the select committee has an obligation that “goes beyond partisanship,” which is to examine the events of the Jan. 6
“An obligation that we share, Democrats and Republicans together, to make sure that we understand every single piece of the facts about what happened that day and to make sure that people who did it are held accountable,” Cheney said.
“And to call it a false flag operation, to spread those kinds of lies, is really dangerous,” she added.
The Jan. 6 select committee has ramped up its work in recent weeks, sending out a series of subpoenas requesting documents and testimony from key individuals connected to former President Trump.
The panel held its first hearing in July, where four police officers discussed their experiences defending the Capitol on Jan. 6.
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