Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), a conservative Republican lawmaker and the daughter of former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney, is not exactly the most popular member of the GOP these days. Although Cheney voted with Donald Trump’s agenda more than 92 percent of the time during his administration, the twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice and tried to overturn a democratic election has railed against her, calling her a RINO (Republican in Name Only) because he doesn’t understand what the R in RINO stands for.
Trump will be even less happy with her today after the vice chair of the Jan. 6 committee, an investigative body exposing Trump’s attempted coup, went on CNN’s Face the Nation with Jake Tapper to discuss the ongoing investigation.
Liz Cheney on CNN: "I think that Donald Trump, the violation of his oath of office, the violation of the constitution that he engaged in, is the most serious misconduct of any president in the history of our nation." pic.twitter.com/vxDMk37G2o
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Tapper asked Cheney about whether or not she believes Trump committed a crime with his plot to overturn the election, a plot that included pressuring state public officials to change the election results, weaponize the Department of Justice, and sending a mob to attack members of Congress. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) has said that he believes the committee has already proven that Donald Trump broke the law, but Cheney says she’s leaving that determination up to the DOJ.
Cheney said that the committee has not decided yet to make criminal referrals but that the DOJ is “focused, based on what we see publicly, on what is the the largest criminal investigation in history.” She also said that he is “unfit” and “must never again be allowed to run for office” again.
‘I think that Donald Trump, the violation of his oath of office, the violation of the constitution that he engaged in, is the most serious misconduct of any president in the history of our nation’
Liz Cheney says they’re “fully prepared to contemplate a subpoena” for Ginni Thomas — wife of Clarence Thomas — if she doesn’t come in voluntarily. Also says missing Secret Service texts are “deeply troubling” and says on @CNNSotu to @jaketapper: “We will get to the bottom of it”
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Cheney was also asked about Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who corresponded with Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows and election lawyer and fraudster JohnEastman about overturning the presidential election and pushed the strategy of having fake electors in Arizona sign false documents to declare themselves the real electors to get Trump reinstalled in office.
Cheney said that the committee is “engaged with her counsel” and that she hopes Thomas will willingly testify in front of the committee. Cheney said that if she does not, the committee is “prepared to contemplate a subpoena.”
‘It’s very important for us to speak with her and…I hope she will do so voluntarily.’
Cheney on House GOP tweet attacking Sarah Matthews: "I also think that the response we've seen from the House Republicans is really disgraceful. " pic.twitter.com/R1gyUMgHXM
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Cheney also addressed the attacks on former deputy communications director for Donald Trump who currently serves as the communications director for the Republican staff on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Sarah Matthews, who was attacked in a tweet by House Republicans. Cheney agreed with Tapper that the right-wing attacks have been levied more on women, saying that the “attacks against some of the women witnesses have been especially vicious.”
The committee’s vice chair also said that the “normal sort of vitriolic, toxic partisanship has got to stop: in light of the crisis the country faces, and bemoaned the fact that “individuals like those who are running the Republican conference who are the leadership of the Republicans in the House need to be held accountable,” and “need to understand how serious” the situation is. She called her party’s reaction to the committee and its witnesses “disgraceful.”