Cheney splits with McCarthy, says Capitol siege review should not include BLM protests

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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the third most noteworthy positioning House Republican, freely parted from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) Monday, telling columnists a proposed autonomous commission should zero in exclusively on the lethal Capitol revolt, Reuters reports.

Why it makes a difference: Cheney’s comments mirror a broadening hole between the two prominent Republicans. McCarthy has said the bipartisan commission ought to expand its degree to incorporate different occurrences of political viciousness, refering to Black Lives Matter and Antifa fights.

What she’s saying: “What happened on Jan. 6 is unprecedented in our history, and I think that it’s very important that the commission be able to focus on that,” Cheney told reporters at the House GOP’s annual policy retreat in Florida, per Reuters.

“I’m very concerned, as all my colleagues are, about the violence that we saw, the BLM, the Antifa violence last summer,” she added. “I think that’s a different set of issues, a different set of problems and a different set of solutions.

“And so, I think it’s very important that the Jan. 6 commission stays focused on what happened on Jan. 6, and what led to that day.”

Her comments support Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) position on the matter.

The big picture: It’s not the first time Cheney and McCarthy have publicly disagreed in recent months. She was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach the former president.

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