Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is one of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand-picked members of her January 6 Committee and is actively soliciting campaign contributions from at least one of the witnesses subpoenaed to testify during the made-for-TV primetime upcoming hearings.
Megan Small was subpoenaed by the committee back in September. She was the director of operations for President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign and posted a tweet on Monday that attached a campaign document sent to her by Cheney’s reelection team.
Small asked in the post of Cheney if it is the committee’s standard operating procedure to “ask subpoenaed witnesses for campaign contributions.”
Small said she received the solicitation at her Florida address last month and described the mailing “unsavory at best.” She noted threats of criminal prosecution made by Cheney’s committee against witnesses called before the group.
She added that since Cheney has threatened criminal referrals of witnesses to the Justice Department, the problem goes further than just asking for funds from a witness. Cheney is now allegedly seeking contributions from someone she may have criminal prosecutorial discretion over.
Trade advisor to President Trump Peter Navarro was the first of more than 100 committee witnesses to face an unsealed Justice Department indictment last week. The House voted to hold Navarro in contempt of Congress in April for claiming that subpoenaed documents were protected from disclosure by executive privilege.
The House has similarly voted to hold former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino, and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress.
Small said that she spoke with the committee outside of a formal hearing earlier this year.
Cheney’s nationwide campaign mailers are going out even as she has a large campaign cash advantage over her GOP competitors for the party’s nomination for Wyoming’s one House seat.
Federal Election Commission data shows that Cheney has raised more than $10 million and still has more than $6.7 million in cash available as the primary election approaches. Most of Cheney’s contributions have come from Washington and Northern Virginia and not from Wyoming.
Her leading challenger Harriet Hageman has just over $1 million in cash remaining in her campaign. However, she has the distinct advantage provided by a strong endorsement from President Trump.
A recent survey indicated Hageman leads among Wyoming voters with 56% support compared to only 26% who support Cheney.