By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Rudy Giuliani, the former attorney for President Donald Trump, came under fire this week from U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, who criticized him for promoting the former president’s claims of election tampering.
Cheney, during a speech on the House floor Wednesday, noted that Giuliani’s adherence to Trump’s claims cost him his license to practice law.
“The election claims made by Donald Trump were so frivolous and so unfounded that the president’s lead lawyer did not just lose these cases, he lost his license to practice law,” Cheney said.
“The New York Supreme Court found ‘There is uncontroverted evidence that Mr. Giuliani communicated demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers, and the public at large in his capacity as lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump and the Trump campaign in connection with Trump’s failed effort at reelection in 2020.’”
Cheney’s comments came as the U.S. House voted Wednesday to hold two former Trump aides — Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino — after they refused to comply with subpoenas issued by the House select committee investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021.
Cheney is one of two Republicans serving on the select committee, for which she has received much criticism from fellow Republicans, both in Wyoming and nationally.
Giuliani was not the only person that Cheney criticized during her short floor speech on Wednesday. She also directed pointed remarks at her House colleagues who continue to support Trump following the insurrection and his subsequent impeachment.
“Those in this chamber who continue to embrace the former president and his dangerous and destructive lies, ought to take a good hard look at themselves,” she said. “At a moment of real danger to our republic, when the need for fidelity to our Constitution is paramount, they have abandoned their oaths in order to perform for Donald Trump. That will be their legacy.”
The House voted 220 to 203 to hold the two aides in contempt.
Cheney has become an unpopular figure among many Republicans who opposed her 2021 vote to impeach Trump on allegations he spurred protesters at a rally to break into the Capitol and disagreed with her frequent criticism of him since then. She was removed from her position as House Conference chair last year after voting for the impeachment and she was censured by the Republican National Committee in February for serving on the Jan. 6 committee.
Trump has since endorsed Cheney’s congressional opponent, Harriet Hageman, for the GOP primary election for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat to held in August.
The Wyoming Republican Party’s central committee has voted to no longer recognize Cheney as a member of the party.
Prior to her impeachment vote, Cheney voted with Trump more than 90% of the time.