Rep. Liz Cheney urged her Republican colleagues to 'step back from the brink' while calling out Kevin McCarthy's 'active' obstruction of the January 6 investigation

Republican MP Liz Cheney of Wyoming speaks to reporters in the U.S. Capitol on May 12, 2021. Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP
Rep. Cheney called on her Republican colleagues at a hearing on Wednesday to "step back from the abyss".
She also called on Kevin McCarthy "to be particularly active in trying to block the investigation".
The entire House is expected to vote on Thursday to convict Steve Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress.
Republican MP Liz Cheney on Wednesday urged her Republicans in the House of Representatives to "step back from the abyss" while criticizing House minority leader Kevin McCarthy for obstructing the special committee that launched the January 6 attack on the US Capitol examined.
Cheney made the remarks in her opening testimony to the House Rules Committee ahead of an expected vote Thursday to hold Steve Bannon, an "alt-right" activist and former chief strategist of former President Donald Trump, for his refusal for criminal contempt with the Congress select committee to work together.
"Let me address my Republican colleagues specifically," Cheney began.
"I've heard a number of my coworkers in the past few days who say they just don't want that target on their backs," said Cheney. "You're just trying to keep your head down."
The Wyoming Republican then turned on McCarthy, emphasizing the fact that in January he had launched the idea of ​​a commission to investigate the Capitol riot.
"You don't want to piss off Kevin McCarthy, the minority leader who was particularly active in trying to block the investigation into the January 6th," Cheney said. "Despite the fact that in the week after the attack he clearly called for such a commission."
Cheney also alluded to the "long arc of history" by addressing her colleagues.
“I ask each of you to step back from the abyss. I urge you to do what you see fit, to keep the long arc of history in mind, ”she said. "We are told that it will seek justice. But it only does so because of the actions of men and women in positions of public trust."
Cheney was largely alone as she loudly criticized Trump. She was one of only 10 House Republicans to vote to indict Trump for inciting insurgency, but was eventually removed from her leadership position and now faces a Trump-backed key challenger in her home state, former RNC committee woman Harriet Hageman.
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