During an interview on Sunday (October 23), outgoing Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said the January 6 Select Committee would not allow former President Donald Trump to turn giving his testimony into a “circus.”
Speaking to NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator, Chuck Todd, Cheney indicated the Committee would treat any Trump deposition with the “seriousness” deserving such an inquiry.
“We are going to proceed in terms of the questioning of the former president under oath,” Cheney said, adding, “It may take multiple days, and it will be done with a level of rigor and discipline and seriousness that it deserves.”
Cheney, the vice chair of the Committee and one of only two Republicans on the panel, then took a swipe at the former President.
“He’s not going to turn this into a circus. This isn’t going to be the first debate against [President] Biden and the circus and the food fight that became,” Cheney asserted, referencing a debate Trump had with Biden in which the then-President frequently interrupted Biden and overspoke his allotted time.
Cheney’s comments come after the Committee voted unanimously to subpoena Trump in the final public hearing.
In an unredacted version of the subpoena, the Committee conveys 19 lines of inquiry for Trump’s deposition, many of which repeat questions asked during the Committee’s several hearings over the summer.
Part of the inquiry revolves around determining former Vice President Mike Pence’s role in certifying the 2020 election results, which he did despite a pressure campaign from Trump to do otherwise.