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Representative Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) delivers an opening statement during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 27, 2021. (Jim Bourg/Reuters)

Representative Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) has been tapped to serve as vice chairwoman for the commission created to investigate the January 6 Capitol riot.

Chairman and Democratic representative Bennie Thompson appointed Cheney, a vocal critic of former President Trump, to co-preside over the panel, which will examine the events and the players involved in the storming of the Capitol before the certification of the 2020 electoral results.

“Representative Cheney has demonstrated again and again her commitment to getting answers about January 6th, ensuring accountability, and doing whatever it takes to protect democracy for the American people,” Thompson said in a statement. “Her leadership and insights have shaped the early work of the Select Committee, and this appointment underscores the bipartisan nature of this effort.”

After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two GOP picks for the commission, House minority leader Kevin McCarthy pulled the rest of the Republicans, criticizing it as a partisan project and vowing to lead a separate probe independent from the Democrats. Pelosi subsequently asked Cheney and anti-Trump Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger to serve on the panel.

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