Liz Cheney publicly admonished her Republican colleague for lying on Thursday.
Rep. Jim Banks, R-IN, was caught red-handed by Cheney, a Wyoming Republican congresswoman, writing letters to government agencies stating he was the leading Republican on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol incident.
Banks was denied membership on the committee because he voted to reverse election results, which was a demand expressed by violent insurrectionists that day.
As she transcribed Banks’ deceptive letters into the official Congressional record, Cheney, the committee’s vice-chair, called him out for his flagrant lying.
“I would like to introduce for the record a number of letters the gentlemen from Indiana has been sending to federal agencies, dated September 16, 2021, for example, signing his name as the ranking member of the committee he’s just informed the House that he’s not on,” Cheney said during a Thursday speech from the House floor.
Banks seemed to be seeking to dupe government agencies into disclosing information shared with the committee.
Banks requested in one of his emails to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland that the department “provide me any information that is submitted to the Select Committee.”
“Additionally, please include me on any update or briefing that you provide,” he continued.
The legal rationale Banks’ argument seems to revolve on the fact that he was formerly appointed by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to serve as the committee’s leading Republican member — and that the “minority party in Congress retains rights to the same information that is provided to the majority party.”
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi promptly rejected both Banks’ and Rep. Jim Jordan’s nominations, citing their declared intentions to obstruct any inquiry into the events of January 6. Pelosi expressed broad dismay among Democrats at the time as a result of “statements made and actions taken by these members.”
On the evening of January 6, both Banks and Jordan voted to reverse election results in many states — and they both continue to promote Trump’s Big Lie to differing degrees.
Banks is not having a good week. On Saturday, Twitter banned him because his rude conduct toward Assistant Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, who is a Trans woman. Banks’ work account was stopped when he posted, “The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man.”
He did so after Assistant Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine was elevated to the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps on October 19, after her confirmation as Joe Biden’s Assistant Health Secretary.
She is the first trans four-star officer in the United States uniformed forces, however other women have held the same rank before her, notwithstanding Banks’ claims.
“The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man,” Banks said in response to the US Surgeon General’s congratulations on Levine’s promotion in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
The message was deleted with a reference to Twitter policies, which include a prohibition on “targeted misgendering” of transgender persons.
Misgendering is the use of a transgender person’s former gender identification.
Banks’ official Twitter account remained active on Sunday, but he was not permitted to upload new content.
His personal account, which had less followers, was still operational.
Banks was mistaken when he referred to Levine as the “first female four-star officer” in two aspects.
His mislabeling her gender was one, but equally wrong was that in 2008, General Ann E. Dunwoody became the first female four-star general in US military history.
Levine is the first transgender person to occupy a Senate-confirmed position.
“Calling someone who was born and lived as a man for 54 years the first “female” four-star officer is an insult to every young girl who dreams of shattering glass ceilings one day,” he previously wrote about Levine.
Banks, whose district includes Fort Wayne and the adjacent northern Indiana area, has repeatedly attracted notice for his right-wing social media remarks. He stood by his statement on Levine.
“My tweet was a statement of fact,” Banks said in a statement. “Big Tech doesn´t have to agree with me, but they shouldn´t be able to cancel me. If they silence me, they will silence you. We can´t allow Big Tech to prevent us from telling the truth .”