Thompson & Cheney Announce Senior Investigative Counsel for the Select Committee

Sep 17, 2021

Bolton, MS & Wilson, WY - Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) announced that John Wood, a former United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri and senior Bush Administration official, will serve as Senior Investigative Counsel for the January 6th Select Committee and Of Counsel to the Vice Chair. 

“Mr. Wood has an impressive track record working inside and outside of government, and his expertise will enhance our efforts to investigate the events surrounding January 6th and understand what led to the attack against the U.S. Capitol that day. Furthermore, his addition to the committee staff underscores the nonpartisan nature of our work. The Committee will continue to put politics aside to get answers the American people deserve about what happened and how to ensure it never happens again. We both thank Mr. Wood for serving the nation in this position and look forward to working alongside him as our investigation proceeds," said Chairman Thompson and Vice Chair Cheney.

Mr. Wood joins the Committee after serving as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and General Counsel at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and as President of the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center. During the Bush Administration, he served as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri, chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, deputy associate attorney general and counselor to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, and deputy general counsel in the White House Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Wood was a partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed law firm and served as a law clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas and for Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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