the Republican Party should the GOP nominate Donald Trump as the 2024 candidate. Not only that, the traditional conservative Republican will campaign against election deniers in the midterm elections.
Cheney added that she would “do everything I can” to guarantee that the former president would not be the 2024 candidate for the Republicans, The Daily Beast reported:
‘I’m going to make sure Donald Trump, I’m going to do everything I can to make sure he is not the nominee. And if he is the nominee, I won’t be a Republican.’
Cheney has been one of only two Republicans to consistently hold Trump as the greatest threat to American Democracy. The Select Committee has been very strategical regarding what its members release to the public.
So when the the keynote speaker talked to The Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith, she spoke for the entire January 6 Committee. Cheney would not say whether she and the others wanted to talk to the ex-POTUS. However the strong woman from Wyoming did say that should they talk to him, he would have to do what is nearly impossible for him. Trump could not lie.
The vice-chair has repeatedly said that Trump was bad for the nation, calling him “fundamentally destructive” for her party. The latest example was the ex-president stealing classified documents and leaving them strewn about his Mar-a-Lago resort. Cheney added that “senior Republicans are going through contortions” to support Trump, according to CNN:
‘You look at how many senior Republicans are going through contortions to try to defend the fact that the former president had stored in a desk drawer apparently, in an unsecure storage room, in a resort … documents that had the highest classification markings.”
The ultra conservative Republican said in the interview that she stood by her vote against the first impeachment of Donald Trump. Cheney follows the facts as she understands them. But the Select Committee learned from that impeachment:
‘They would have had more Republican votes if they had enforced their subpoenas, and that is certainly a lesson that we have taken into [the] Jan. 6 Select Committee’s work.’
Would this be the last January 6 committee public hearing on Wednesday? The Secret Service just handed it 800,000 pages of information, so that decision is up in the air.
The vice-chair did explain that any dealings her committee has to do with Donald Trump would be extremely guarded:
‘Let me say that any interaction that Donald Trump has with the committee will be under oath and subject to penalties of perjury.’
Were the text messages from Secret Service agents from January 5, 6, and 7 truly gone? Cheney said:
‘The text messages themselves, in many cases, are gone. There are other forms of communication like teams (sic) messages and emails. And other forms of communication and we have received probably about 800,000 pages at least.’
Cheney has not been a fan of President Joe Biden, but voters must “understand” what the GOP had become:
‘I think it’s really important though, as voters are going to vote, that they recognize and understand what the Republican Conference consists of in the House of Representatives today.’
And the Wyoming representative said that Vice President Mike Pence had an “obligation” to come before the Select Committee. Cheney added that she thought executive privilege was “not absolute.”
But as far as a Cheney 2024 presidential candidate goes, she was coy:
‘It’s not about me or making a decision about what I’m going to do. I certainly will do whatever it takes to make sure Donald Trump isn’t anywhere close to the Oval Office.’
Watch this space.
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