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Gingrich Threatens Jan. 6 Committee Will Be Jailed; Cheney Fires Back

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney criticized former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Sunday after Gingrich predicted that members of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, invasion of the Capitol would be jailed for their actions.

Cheney spoke out against the elder legislator on Twitter Sunday, retweeting the clip from his interview on Fox News when he suggested members of the committee could face criminal charges.

“A former Speaker of the House is threatening jail time for members of Congress who are investigating the violent January 6 attack on our Capitol and our Constitution,” Cheney said. “This is what it looks like when the rule of law unravels.” 

Gingrich’s comments to Fox News on Sunday host Maria Baritromo that the members of the committee, most of them Democrats, could see retribution if the Republicans again hold a majority in Congress.

“I think when you have a Republican Congress, this is all going to come crashing down,” Gingrich said. “And the wolves are going to find out that they’re now sheep and they’re the ones who are going to face a real risk of jail for the kinds of laws they’re breaking.”

“​It’s basically a lynch mob and unfortunately the attorney general of the United States has joined the lynch mob and is totally misusing the FBI​,” Gingrich added. ​​

Cheney and U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, are the only two Republicans serving on the committee, and Kinzinger has announced he will not seek re-election.

In reaction to Gingrich’s appearance, Kinzinger posted a clip from the movie “Billy Madison” where late comedian Chris Farley plays an angry school bus driver.

Cheney faces multiple challengers in the Republican congressional primary this August, including state Sen. Anthony Bouchard and Cheyenne attorney Harriet Hageman, who has been endorsed in the race by former President Donald Trump.

Cheney has not announced whether she will seek re-election.

Over the last year, Cheney has become an outspoken critic of Trump, voting to impeach him on allegations he incited the riot that saw the Capitol invaded. Prior to that, her voting record aligned with Trump more than 90% of the time.

Cheney was removed from her seat as House Conference chair following her impeachment vote and has faced severe criticism in Wyoming for the vote and subsequent criticism of Trump and the way he handled the Capitol attack.

Five people died as a result of the attack.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene: Cheney Has “Very Conservative” Voting Record; More Conservative Than Other Republicans

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

The message is something the Liz Cheney office has been reminding voters for nearly a year now: Wyoming’s congresswoman is a conservative and a staunch one at that.

But ever since Cheney stood up to Trump after the January 6 riots, detractors have tried to paint Cheney as a liberal or a RINO — despite her conservative voting record.

If the results of a straw poll held at a statewide Republican gathering over the weekend are any indication of what party activists choose to believe, the RINO label is working as Republican challenger Harriett Hageman trounced the incumbent 59 – 6 when asked which candidate they preferred in the 2022 primary.

Ask many conservatives what they really believe, however, and a different viewpoint emerges: reality. Cheney voted with Trump 93% of the time he was in office. In the 117th Congress, Cheney’s rating was 96%.

Far right wing Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Trump disciple and an outspoken critic of Cheney, acknowledged Cheney’s credentials while appearing on former Trump advisor Steven Bannon’s podcast on Friday.

Taylor Greene was explaining to Bannon’s listeners why Democrats shouldn’t cross over and vote for Cheney in the primary this summer.

“Let me remind everyone, while Democrats are being fooled by Liz Cheney right now, they should remember that she is not a Democrat,” Taylor Green said.

“As a matter of fact, she has a very conservative voting record. More conservative than some of my Republican colleagues, by the way,” she said.

Although Bannon’s audience is limited, this is the Internet age. Don’t be surprised if this clip from the Georgia congresswoman finds its way circulating to a much larger audience through advertising later this year.

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Cheney Says House Minority Leader ‘Clearly Trying To Cover Up’ What Happened On Jan. 6

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. House Minority Leader U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy is “clearly” trying to hide information he has about the Jan. 6, 2021, invasion of the Capitol by refusing to cooperate with a House committee investigating the incident, according to U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney.

On Wednesday, McCarthy, R-California, said he would not cooperate with a request from the committee to voluntarily provide information including details about former President Donald Trump’s state of mind both during the Capitol attack and in the weeks after.

“As a representative and the leader of the minority party, it is with neither regret nor satisfaction that I have concluded to not participate with this select committee’s abuse of power that stains this institution today and will harm it going forward,” he said in a statement.

Cheney, however, said that this meant McCarthy was “clearly trying to cover up” what happened during the invasion.

“I wish that he were a brave and honorable man,” she told CNN late Wednesday. “He’s clearly trying to cover up what happened. He has an obligation to come forward and we’ll get to the truth.”

The committee asked McCarthy to discuss conversations he had with Trump before, during and after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack.

“It appears you may also have discussed with President Trump the potential he would face a censure resolution, impeachment or removal under the 25th Amendment,” the committee said in a letter it sent Wednesday. “It also appears you may have identified other possible options, including President Trump’s immediate resignation from office.”

Cheney was one of the few Republicans to vote to impeach Trump on allegations he incited the invasion. She is also only one of two Republicans serving on the investigation committee.

McCarthy removed Cheney from her position as House Conference chair last year following her impeachment vote for taking positions contrary to those of her fellow congressional Republicans.

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New York Times Columnist Suggests Cheney, Biden Team Up For 2024 Election

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A New York Times columnist this week suggested that President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney team up for a bipartisan presidential ticket in 2024.

Columnist Thomas Friedman, who has won multiple Pulitzer Prizes, theorized that the United States possibly needed to “mute” the hyperpolarization in politics by having the two main political parties team up for the next presidential election.

“This is the democratic way of defeating a threat to democracy. Not doing it is how democracies die. I am quite aware that it is highly unlikely; America does not have the flexibility of a parliamentary, proportional-representation system,” Friedman wrote Tuesday. “And yet, I still think it is worth raising. There is no precedent for how close we’re coming to an unraveling of our democracy, either.” 

Friedman compared the United States’ issues with political polarization to conflicts in Israel and Palestine and questioned whether the U.S. should follow their lead, since the countries have formed a diverse national unity government.

“We should be ready to talk about Liz Cheney as part of a blow-your-mind Israeli-style fusion coalition with Democrats. It is a coalition that says: ‘There is only one overriding goal right now — that is saving our democratic system,'” political scientist Steven Levitsky told Friedman in the column.

Cheney has become an unpopular figure among some Republicans over the last year due to her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for his actions in allegedly incite the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Cheney was ultimately removed from her position as House Conference chair due to her differences with her Republican colleagues. She is also serving on the Jan. 6 committee investigating the events of the day.

However, this does not mean she will be running with Biden as vice president, Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler told Cowboy State Daily on Thursday.

“This is such a bogus and absurd proposition from one individual NYT columnist,” Adler said. ” To be clear, Liz is a conservative Republican. She has voted against Joe Biden’s agenda nearly 90% of the time, which is more than most House Republicans. Liz is focused completely on fighting for the people of Wyoming, the work of the select committee, and winning reelection.”

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Wyoming GOP Says Straw Poll Will Hold Bad News For Cheney

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming’s Republican Party will conduct two straw polls during its next central committee meeting to address comments made by U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney that some members of the party are radicals.

The party announced Saturday that during its next central committee meeting on Jan. 22, it will conduct straw polls to determine whether anyone supports Cheney’s comments and to gauge support for Cheney and her opponents in the GOP primary for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat.

Party officials, in a statement, predicted the poll’s results will likely not show support for Cheney.

“Spoiler alert: the straw polls will very likely demonstrate the vast majority condemns her views and will be voting for someone else,” party officials said over the weekend.

This all stems from comments Cheney made during a Fox News appearance on Thursday.

“There are people in the state party apparatus of my home state who are quite radical. And some of those same people include people who were here on Jan. 6, include a party chair who has toyed with the idea of secession,” she said during the interview. “So, there is a very radical element of the Republican Party in the same way that there is a radical element of the Democratic Party.”

Wyoming Republican Party chairman Frank Eathorne made comments about Wyoming seceding from the union last year during an appearance on former White House official Steve Bannon’s podcast.

“We are straight talking, focused on the global scene, but we’re also focused at home. Many of these Western states have the ability to be self-reliant, and we’re keeping eyes on Texas too, and their consideration of possible secession. They have a different state constitution than we do as far as wording, but it’s something we’re all paying attention to,” Eathorne said at the time.

A recent WyoFile article revealed that Eathorne and several other Republicans in Wyoming, were members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right, anti-government extremist group.

In the Saturday post, Wyoming GOP officials said that Cheney was welcome to continue her “foolish ploy” of picking fights with the majority of the party and “accuse the vast majority of being deplorables and radicals.”

The party also said Cheney was welcome to attend the central committee meeting on Jan. 22, and that the committee would have a chair available for her, although officials did not expect her to attend.

“We don’t expect her to attend this time either since she practically has to sneak into the state unannounced to avoid picketers, protesters, and outraged constituents. In fact, her behavior suggests that she is afraid of her constituents,” party officials said. “The Wyoming Republican Party is not. Anytime Ms. Cheney wants to come and show us her ‘proof,’ we’ll be here, among Wyoming’s grassroots Republicans, who tell us that our Representative does not ‘represent’ them.”

Cheney and the Wyoming Republican Party have been locked in battle for the last year, since she voted to impeach former President Donald Trump on allegations he incited the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

The state party, as well as many of Wyoming’s county Republican parties, have voted to no longer recognize Cheney as a Republican due to her actions. She was also removed from her position as House Conference chair due to voting in opposition to many of the rest of her congressional colleagues.

“She can also continue to engage in the politics of personal destruction with other Republicans – which is her specialty and only real qualification to sit on the farcical January 6th Commission – but that is unlikely to improve her position in the polls,” Wyoming GOP officials said Saturday. “CNN will not be able to sell that ‘deplorables’ tripe in Wyoming and save Ms. Cheney from an embarrassing defeat.”

Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler on Monday told Cowboy State Daily that the representative stood by her comments.

“She has always been a conservative Republican,” Adler said. Like many other Republicans across Wyoming, she is deeply troubled by those members of our state party who have taken dangerous, and in some cases unconstitutional positions, such as advocating for secession. After the 2020 election, former President Trump ignored the rulings of more than 60 courts, went to war with the rule of law, and defied the plain text of our Constitution. These actions culminated with a violent attack on our Capitol on January 6th, 2021. Liz ran for office as a Constitutional Conservative; she cannot condone what happened on January 6th, and she will never abandon her conservative principles.”

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Cheney: Threat To Democracy Continues If People Believe False Election Claims

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney commemorated the one year anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by telling “Today Show” host Savannah Guthrie that threats to democracy are still active.

Cheney held a number of interviews on Thursday to discuss her work on the U.S. House committee investigating the events leading up to the attack and the event itself. She said on “Today” that the threat to democracy was still occurring due to people believing false election claims that President Joe Biden “stole” it from former President Donald Trump.

“Former President Trump continues to make the same claims that he knows caused violence on Jan. 6, and it’s very important, if you look at what’s happening today in my party, in the Republican Party,” Cheney said Thursday. “Rather than reject what happened on the 6th, reject the lies about the election and make clear that a president who engaged in those activities can never be president again.

“Unfortunately, too many in my own party are embracing that former president, are looking the other way, are minimizing the danger,” she continued. “That’s how democracies die, and we simply cannot let that happen.”

She noted that the U.S. came “very close” to seeing a violent insurrection to overturn the results of the general election of November 2020, but the institutions survived due to people who were willing to stand up against pressure from Trump, including state elected officials, U.S. Department of Justice officials and the police officers who held off the protestors one year ago.

Five people died as a result of the Capitol attack last year.

Cheney also told Guthrie that the Jan. 6 committee has unearthed new information in every single aspect of the investigation.

“The committee is absolutely determined to ensure that we understand the entire plot, the entire plan to overthrow the election to really overturn the rule of law,” Cheney said. “You know, we had over 60 courts in this country that ruled against the claims the former president was making, and yet he rejected those rulings and attempted to overturn the will of the people. That simply cannot happen in the United States.”

As of Thursday, the committee has interviewed more than 300 witnesses and reviewed more than 35,000 pages of documents.

The representative also discussed Trump’s movements between the time of his rally where he called on his supporters to march on the Capitol and when he released a video statement telling the rioters to go home, something she discussed over the weekend with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

“We now have first-hand testimony about the extent to which he was watching television and was refusing to ask people to stop, ask them to go home,” Cheney said.

Guthrie pointed out that the committee is attempting to get outtakes from Trump’s video calling off the rioters, previous versions he recorded before the final recording was released. Cheney said the committee is “very engaged” with litigation against Trump right now.

Cheney declined to specify whether the committee would make a criminal case against Trump.

“There are important questions in front of the committee, such as whether or not through his action or inaction, President Trump attempted to obstruct an official proceeding of Congress, attempted to delay the count of electoral votes,” Cheney said.

Cheney also called former Vice President Mike Pence a “hero” for the way he braved the events of Jan. 6 and added that the committee looked forward to his cooperation with the investigation.

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Cheney Says Trump’s Daughter & Staff Pleaded With Him To Stop Capitol Rioting

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney began the new year by providing updates to two news outlets about the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 invasion of the U.S. Capitol, focusing on former President Donald Trump’s failure to stop the riot.

On ABC’s “This Week” with host George Stephanopoulos, Cheney said she has been surprised to learn about Trump’s movements inside the White House during the Capitol attack last January.

“The committee has firsthand testimony now that he was sitting in the dining room next to the Oval Office, watching the attack on television as the assault on the Capitol occurred,” she said. The president could have at any moment walked those very few steps into the briefing room, gone on live television, and told his supporters who were assaulting the Capitol to stop. He could have told them to stand down. He could have told them to go home, and he failed to do so. It’s hard to imagine a more significant and more serious dereliction of duty than that.”

Trump, an avid Twitter user at the time, took no immediate action to address the rioters, many of who were identified as his supporters. When he did take action, it was described by some as a mild call for peace and a request for rioters to go home.

Cheney is the the vice chair of the House select committee investigating the attack. She was removed from her post as vice chair of the House Republican conference last year because of her vote to impeach Trump on allegations he incited the Capitol riot.

Stephanopoulos questioned whether Trump’s failure to stop the riot would amount to criminal negligence and Cheney said the committee is still looking into criminal penalties and legislative penalties for dereliction of duty.

She added Trump crossed lines that no president had ever crossed before.

“We have firsthand testimony that his daughter Ivanka went in at least twice to ask him to ‘Please stop this violence,'” Cheney said. “Any man who would not do so, any man who would provoke a violent assault on the Capitol to stop the counting of electoral votes, any man who would watch television as police officers were being beaten, as his supporters were invading the Capitol of the United States, is clearly unfit for future office.”

On CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Cheney discussed Trump’s planned news conference on Thursday, the one-year anniversary of the Capitol attack, along with the possibility for violent behavior in Washington, D.C.

“Former President Trump is likely again this week to make the same false claims about the election that he knows to be false, and the same false claims about the election that he knows caused violence on Jan. 6,” she said. “I think that is very concerning, given what we know happened in the lead up to (Jan. 6).”

Cheney said that Trump’s plans for this week are not surprising, as Trump knew his claims of the election being “stolen” caused the attack on the Capitol one year ago.

Host Margaret Brennan pointed out that CBS polling has shown 8 million people believe violence would be justified to restore Trump to the president’s office and that seven out of 10 Republicans believed Biden was an illegitimate president.

She asked Cheney why the Republican Party continued to believe Trump’s claims and Cheney responded by saying the former president has blown through every guardrail of democracy and demonstrated a complete lack of fitness for office.

“I think that we’re in a situation where people have got to understand the danger of President Trump and the danger that he posed on that day,” Cheney said. “He could have gone immediately on live television and asked his supporters to stop what was happening, ask them to go home. He instead…had the motivation at the same time the violent assault was happening…he was also calling at least one senator urging delay of the electoral vote.”

She noted that one of the most important jobs of the Jan. 6 committee is to lay out the facts surrounding Trump’s lack of action for the American people so they could have a sense of truth about the events of that day.

Brennan also asked how Cheney expected to win her Wyoming congressional primary later this year with a crowded race and a challenger in Cheyenne attorney Harriet Hageman, who has received an endorsement from Trump and financial backing from billionaire Peter Thiel.

The incumbent said she anticipated an energetic and hard-fought campaign this year.

“I’m confident that the people of Wyoming will not choose loyalty to one man, one man as dangerous as Donald Trump is,” Cheney said. “This is a man who is simply too dangerous ever to play a role again in our democracy. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to help the American people see the facts about what happened, and to continue to make the case at home about the kind of representation that we need in Washington for the people of Wyoming.”

When Brennan asked if Cheney was considering running against Trump for president in 2024, she said she was focused on her re-election campaign and the Jan. 6 committee for now.

“I can tell you that the single most important thing, though, is to ensure that Donald Trump is not the Republican nominee and that he certainly is not anywhere close to the Oval Office ever again,” she concluded.

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Conservative Officials Call For Cheney, Kinzinger’s Removal From House GOP Conference

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

More than 40 conservative officials sent a letter to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, this week asking him to remove both U.S. Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger from the House Republican Conference.

The letter was sent by the Conservative Action Project, which consists of leaders from more than 100 conservative organizations. The officials who signed the letter called on McCarthy to remove both Cheney, R-Wyoming, and Kinzinger, R-Illinois from the House Republican Conference due to their “egregious” actions as part of the committee investigating the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol.

“As part of Pelosi’s team, Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger have deliberately sought to undermine the privacy and due process of their fellow Republicans, and those of private citizens, with improperly issued subpoenas and other investigatory tactics designed not to pursue any valid legislative end, but merely to exploit for the sake of political harassment and demagoguery,” the letter said.

While the letter said that as elected representatives, the two should be free to serve in the House, but no longer with the privileges granted to members of the conference.

“They should no longer be given access to the benefits of a conference they actively seek to undermine,” the letter said.

Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler declined to comment on the letter.

Cheney was removed from her post as vice chair of the conference earlier this year due to stepping out of line with the rest of the party because of her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump on allegations he incited those attending a rally to invade the Capitol.

Some of the officials who signed on to the letter included former President Ronald Reagan’s attorney general, Edwin Meese and former U.S. Rep. Bob McEwan. Several conservative organizations, such as Liberty Consulting, Americans for Limited Government and Conservatives of Faith, were also represented in the letter.

Several of the people who signed the letter, including Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, Conservative Partnership Institute chairman Jim DeMint and Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund chairman Jenny Beth Martin, also signed a letter from CAP last year that called on state legislators in battleground states such as Michigan and Pennsylvania to overturn the results of November’s general election and certify Trump as the victor.

“There is no doubt President Donald J. Trump is the lawful winner of the presidential election. Joe Biden is not president-elect,” the letter said.

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Cheney, Fox News Hosts Locked In Battle Over Released Texts

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and two Fox News hosts are sparring over the text messages the latter sent to former President Donald Trump’s chief of staff regarding the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Fox hosts Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity both commented on Cheney’s release of texts they made to Mark Meadows during and immediately after the invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6

Cheney is the the vice chair of the House select committee investigating the attack and during a committee meeting Monday, she read aloud from several texts sent to Meadows. The committee met as members advanced contempt of Congress charges against Meadows.

According to Cheney’s reading, Ingraham told Meadows that Trump was destroying his legacy by not telling the protestors to leave.

“Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home,” Ingraham texted Meadows that day. “This is hurting all of us. He is destroying his legacy.”

Cheney also read from a text sent to Meadows by Sean Hannity which asked if Trump could make a statement and tell the rioters to go home.

On Tuesday, Hannity said Cheney’s unveiling of the texts showed she was attempting to smear him.

“Surprise, surprise, surprise: I said to Mark Meadows the exact same thing I was saying live on the radio at that time and on TV that night on Jan. 6 and well beyond Jan. 6,” he said. “By the way, where is the outrage in the media over my private text messages being released again publicly? Do we believe in privacy in this country? Apparently not.”

Hannity added that he was an honest and straightforward person.

“Liz, let’s release your phone records and texts, and your family discussing Donald Trump, considering you’re so free to release everybody else’s,” Hannity said. “You’re a rock star now to the media mob, temporarily. They’ll turn on you again.”

Ingraham said that the media was trying to spin her message to Meadows and make her look like a liar.

“Of course, the regime media was somehow trying to twist this message to try to tar me as a liar [and] hypocrite, who privately sounded the alarm on Jan. 6, but publicly downplayed it,” she said.

Trump himself questioned Cheney’s willingness to work with the “radical left” after they tried to “destroy” her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, when he was in office.

“Isn’t it ironic that Liz Cheney is supporting the same people, Radical Left Democrats, that did everything possible to destroy her father when he was Vice President, and after? When they are finished using ‘Liz,’ they will destroy her also. This is all happening as her poll numbers have reached an all-time low in the Great State of Wyoming!” Trump said this week.

Cheney said Wednesday that Ingraham and Hannity were now reconfirming their stances about the Capitol attack being unjustified.

“Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham have now reconfirmed their views that the violence on January 6th was unjustified and unacceptable,” she wrote on Twitter Wednesday.

Cheney said Monday that the committee worked with Meadows’ legal counsel for weeks to get him to testify, but right before the scheduled hearing, Meadows reneged on the deal. She added that the contempt of Congress charge stems from his refusal to testify about the text messages he received on Jan. 6.

Meadows received numerous text messages from members of Congress, the press (including the Fox News hosts) and Trump’s own family, urging him to persuade Trump to take action and call off the rioters.

“These text messages leave no doubt that the White House knew exactly what was happening here at the Capitol,” Cheney said during the meeting.

Trump, an avid Twitter user at the time, took a significantly long time to address the rioters, many of whom were his supporters. When he did, it was described by some as a mild call for peace and a request for rioters to go home.

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Cheney Reveals Texts Sent To Trump’s Chief Of Staff About Capitol Riot

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Monday revealed texts encouraging the chief of staff for former President Donald Trump to push the president to condemn rioters who broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Cheney, the vice chair of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, during a committee meeting Monday night read aloud from several texts sent to Mark Meadows. The committee met as members advanced contempt of Congress charges against Meadows.

The committee unanimously voted to criminally charge Meadows with contempt of Congress, which the full U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Tuesday.

The vote against Meadows came after Cheney shared texts written by Trump’s son, among others.

“He’s got to condemn this sh*t ASAP,” Donald Trump Jr. texted Meadows, also writing, “We need an Oval office address.”

Cheney said that the committee worked with Meadows’ legal counsel for weeks regarding his testimony, but right before the scheduled hearing, Meadows reneged on the deal. She added that the contempt of Congress charge stems from his refusal to testify about the text messages he received on Jan. 6.

Meadows received numerous text messages from members of Congress, the press (including Fox News hosts) and Trump’s own family, urging him to persuade Trump to take action and call off the rioters.

“These text messages leave no doubt that the White House knew exactly what was happening here at the Capitol,” Cheney said during the meeting.

Trump, an avid Twitter user at the time, took a significantly long time to address the rioters, many of whom were his supporters. When he did, it was described by some as a mild call for peace and a request for rioters to go home.

Texts read by Cheney depicted the incident as a siege on the Capitol.

“We are under siege here at the Capitol,” one text to Meadows read.

“They have breached the Capitol,” another text said.

“Mark, protestors are literally storming the Capitol, breaking windows on doors, rushing in. Is Trump going to say something?” another text to Meadows said.

One Trump administration official texted Meadows and told him that the then-president needed to firmly condemn the rioters, because someone was going to get killed.

Four people died as a result of the Capitol attack that day.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham told Meadows that Trump was destroying his legacy by not telling the protestors to leave.

Cheney is one of two Republicans serving on the Jan. 6 committee and has been outspoken about Trump’s lack of reaction to the Capitol attack, even voting to impeach him for inciting the riot.

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