GOP Rep. Liz Cheney said that the committee will be focused on "getting to the truth" of what happened on Jan. 6 in a nonpolitical, nonpartisan way, while speaking to reporters after the first hearing.
Cheney also called efforts by Republican leadership to downplay Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and protesting on behalf of insurrectionists a "disgrace."
"The fact that so many members of our leadership and others, the fact they've gone from recognizing what happened on the 6th to protesting in front of the Justice Department, on behalf of those who were part of the insurrection is something that I can't explain. I think it's a disgrace," Cheney said.
Cheney continued, "This is not a political campaign. This is deadly serious, and we'll investigate every aspect."
GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger reacted to threats of potentially being punished by Republican leadership for accepting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's appointment to the committee.
"All I have to say to that is we had a big attack on Jan. 6. We heard emotional testimony today, and that's what's on the forefront of my mind, and if people want to get petty, that's fine. I think that reflects more on people than it does on the situation at hand. This is a historic moment, and this is a democracy defending moment. And no matter the consequences, me, and I know Liz will stand and defend democracy," Kinzinger said.