In a series of pointed inquiries on social media, Senator Mike Lee from Utah raised concerns over the possible concealment of vital information by the now-dissolved House select committee that investigated the events of January 6. His questions targeted the actions of the committee, especially those of its Republican members, Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger.
Lee’s tweets openly speculated about the possibility that the committee failed to reference or possibly overlooked extensive surveillance tapes from the January 6 Capitol riot. He implied that the committee’s focus might have been elsewhere, such as on leaking the text messages of political adversaries, instead of presenting a complete picture of the day’s events.
Senator Lee called for a thorough investigation into the committee’s operations, questioning whether any potentially revealing information had been intentionally lost or destroyed. He challenged Cheney directly, suggesting that while the public had been exposed extensively to certain footage, what was concealed could be more revealing.
In a retort, Cheney suggested that the account posting these tweets was behaving like a “nutball conspiracy theorist,” a stark contrast to Lee’s assertive stance on the matter. The exchange highlighted the ongoing political discourse surrounding the Capitol riot and the transparency of the investigations that followed.
The committee, made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans, concluded its activities with the end of the 117th Congress in January 2023, following the release of its final report in December 2022. Cheney and Kinzinger, both of whom were selected by then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, faced political repercussions for their roles, with Cheney losing her primary election and Kinzinger choosing not to seek re-election.
Spearheading the release of the January 6 security tapes, Speaker Mike Johnson emphasized that public access to the footage would enable a more personal assessment of the day’s events, moving beyond interpretations provided by a select few officials.