Liz Cheney Calls Out Trump Crimes During ‘CNN Sunday’


Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), vice chair of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot, isn’t giving up her push to hold former President Donald Trump accountable for his actions on and around January 6 — a push that really shouldn’t be as sparsely supported as it is within the Republican Party. Why is it so difficult for some of these Republican leaders to unequivocally condemn Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the democratic process? Asked on CNN’s State of the Union about reporting that (among other things) the riot panel believed they’d collected enough evidence to refer — essentially meaning recommend — Trump to the Justice Department for prosecution on felony offenses related to January 6 including obstruction of an official proceeding, Cheney remarked as follows this Sunday:

‘We have not made a decision about referrals on the committee. I think that it is absolutely the case, it’s absolutely clear that what President Trump was doing, what a number of people around him were doing, that they knew it was unlawful. They did it anyway… I think what we have seen is a massive and well-organized and well-planned effort that used multiple tools to try to overturn an election. You’ve seen just in the last few days a plea agreement from one of the leaders of the Proud Boys, which lays out in really chilling detail the extent to which violence was planned — the extent to which [Trump’s] message that went out on December 19 about the rally in Washington [was taken seriously]… the day after that message, the organization and the planning started.’

Asked about House GOP leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in light of his stated support for democracy abroad amid his failures to take investigations into the January 6 attack seriously, Cheney added the following on CNN:

‘What’s happening today in Ukraine is a reminder that democracy is fragile, that democracy must be defended, and that each one of us in a position to do so has an obligation to do so. Clearly, I think Leader McCarthy failed to do that, failed to put his oath to the Constitution ahead of his own personal political gains… If we don’t stand for our Constitution, if we don’t stand for democracy, if we don’t stand for freedom, if we forget that our oath to our Constitution is an oath to a document — it’s not an oath to an individual, we’ve got to always remember that, or our democracy is in peril.’

Watch Cheney below: