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Liz Cheney: Impeachment Vote Was Of Conscience, Not Politics

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Congresswoman Liz Cheney on Wednesday said her vote to impeach President Trump had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with her conscience.

Cheney, the third highest-ranking Republican in the U.S. House, was one of 10 Republicans who cast a vote for Trump’s impeachment and has subsequently received much criticism in some Republican circles for that action.

Speaking with Wyoming reporters following the historic vote, Cheney dismissed a question about her political future stating that there are moments when leaders have to put aside politics.

“There are times when those of us as elected officials are called on to act in a way that does not take politics into consideration,” she said. “Dealing with something as serious and as grave as the attack on the Capitol is one of those times.”

Earlier in the day Cheney told reporters that she was not concerned with calls from some House Freedom Caucus Republicans calling for her resignation.

“I’m not going anywhere,” she said.

Cheney said it wouldn’t have made any difference to her whether the president was a Republican or Democrat, her vote would have been the same under similar circumstances.

“I think it’s it’s important that no matter what party we belong to, we all recognize that insurrection and sedition,” she said.  “Those are things that that, you know, tear at the very heart of our Republic, and those are things that cannot be tolerated.” 

Cheney emphasized the gravity of the situation many times during the 15-minute phone call, mentioning that the vote to impeach was done with a “heavy heart” but adding that for her, there was no other option.

The sight of U.S. troops sleeping in the Capitol, she said, reminded her of historical passages during the Civil War when troops were housed in the building.

“It’s a moment of real peril,” she said. “It’s a moment when it’s important for all of us to recognize that our Republic is very fragile and that we all have an obligation to ensure we’re doing everything we’re compelled to do by our oath to ensure the survival of the Republic.”

Cheney sounded an optimistic note for Republicans when discussing life after the inauguration.

She said she was putting together alternatives to Biden Administration policies and was looking forward to reclaiming control of the House.

“I’m laying out an agenda and a positive agenda for for the future. And it’ll be one that will allow us to win the majority back in two years. And so you know, that that’s what I’m focused on,” she said.

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Liz Cheney On Calls For Her to Resign: “I’m Not Going Anywhere”

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By staff reports

If you thought Wyoming’s Liz Cheney might be buckling under some Republican calls for her to resign because of her support for the the impeachment of President Trump, think again.

The outspoken and powerful representative told reporters on Wednesday that she has no plans to step down from office despite a petition from some House conservatives for her to be removed.

“I’m not going anywhere” Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, told reporters at the Capitol.

“This is a vote of conscience. It’s one where there are different views in our conference. But our nation is facing an unprecedented, since the civil war, constitutional crisis. That’s what we need to be focused on. That’s where our efforts and attention need to be.”

The aforementioned petition stated that Cheney’s personal opinion on the matter “does not reflect that of the majority of the Republican Conference and has brought the Conference into disrepute and produced discord.”

Cheney has received both condemnation and praise from across the spectrum for Tuesday’s announcement that she would support impeachment.



Former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer, a two-term Republican, chimed in on Facebook Tuesday evening that supported her announcement.

“Thank you Liz Cheney. We strongly agree with your intention to vote FOR impeachment,” he said.

State Rep. Landon Brown, also a Republican, on Wednesday tweeted his support as well.

“I stand with @RepLizCheney,” he said. “His [Trump’s] policies have done our country and the world good but he violated the constitution and his oath of office last week. I wish he would take accountability for those actions.”

U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis didn’t mention Cheney by name in a statement released to the Casper Star Tribune but said she didn’t agree with impeachment.

“I respect the right of all of my colleagues to vote their conscience, but we need to calm the rhetoric and start finding ways to work together as Americans,” Lummis said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to address the most pressing issues we face today.”

Rising Republican star Rep. Dan Crenshaw signaled his support of Cheney late Wednesday afternoon.

“Let’s get some truth on the record: @Liz_Cheney has a hell of a lot more backbone than most, & is a principled leader with a fierce intellect. She will continue to be a much needed leader in the conference, with my full support. We can disagree without tearing eachother apart,” he tweeted.

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Cheney Will Vote to Impeach President Trump

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U.S. House Rep. Liz Cheney on Tuesday said she will vote to impeach President Trump.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, said the president incited the mob that stormed the Capitol on Nov. 6 and added the violence and destruction would not have happened without the president’s involvement.

“The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” Cheney said. “Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President.”

Cheney further said that the president didn’t got far enough in his efforts to stop the attacks once they began.

“The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” she said.

“I will vote to impeach the President,” Cheney said.

Cheney has been a vocal critic of the president since the attacks occurred. Appearing on FOX News that evening, Cheney squarely blamed the events on President Trump.

“We just had a violent mob assault the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to prevent those from carrying out our Constitutional duty,” Cheney said. “There is no question that the president formed the mob, the president incited the mob, the president addressed the mob. He lit the flame.”

Cheney’s full statement follows:

“On January 6, 2021 a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the counting of presidential electoral votes. This insurrection caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic.

“Much more will become clear in coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough. The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.

“I will vote to impeach the President.”

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Cheney, Lummis Send Condolences to Family of Fallen Capitol Officer

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis have both sent their condolences to the family of a U.S. Capitol police officer who died after sustaining injuries in the mob attack on Wednesday.

“There are no words to express my sadness for the friends and family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick,” Lummis wrote in a tweet. “His devotion to his nation will not be forgotten. My prayers are with his friends and family at this difficult time.”

“My deepest sympathies for the family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick,” Cheney wrote in a tweet. “Officer Sicknick was killed defending our Capitol from the violent mob on January 6. Please keep Brian and his family in your prayers.”

Sicknick died Thursday night from injuries he suffered while trying to repulse protesters who stormed the Capitol.

According to officials, thousands of people identified as Trump supporters invaded the Capitol after the rally, forcing its evacuation as members of Congress discussed the certification of the Electoral College’s vote.

Congress reconvened Wednesday night and certified the Electoral College’s vote.

When Sicknick returned to his division office after the riot, he collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital in Washington, D.C., where he succumbed to his injuries.

Sicknick’s death is being investigated by various law enforcement agencies. He is the fifth person and the first law enforcement officer to die as a result of the riots.

Sicknick joined the Capitol police in July 2008 and most recently served in the department’s first responder unit.

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Cheney Blames Trump For Mob Attack on Capitol

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney specifically blamed President Donald Trump for inciting the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday that left four people dead and scores more arrested.

Cheney spoke with Fox News via phone on Wednesday evening before Congress reconvened to confirm former Vice President Joe Biden’s victory in November’s presidential election, solidifying Trump’s defeat.

“We just had a violent mob assault the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to prevent those from carrying out our Constitutional duty,” Cheney said. “There is no question that the president formed the mob, the president incited the mob, the president addressed the mob. He lit the flame.”

The representative was referring to Trump’s comments during a rally held shortly before Congress was to discuss certification of the Electoral College’s vote. During that rally, Trump told the crowd he would “never concede” the election to Biden and attacked Cheney and other “weak Congresspeople.”

Trump posted a video message Wednesday after the storming of the Capitol where he thanked protesters for their support, but asked them to go home. He also continued to claim throughout the day that the election had been rigged and stolen from him.

Cheney criticized Trump’s comments as inciting the protest at the Capitol, and took him to task for what she called his fairly weak call for protestors to leave the building and grounds.

“The president is abusing the trust of the American people and abusing the trust of the people who supported him,” she said. “We’ve never in our 245-year history had a president refuse to concede and leave office after the Electoral College had voted. There are serious questions about the President’s involvement and responsibility for what happened here today at the Capitol, and it cannot be tolerated.” 

Cheney has in recent weeks taken several positions against Trump, including when she confirmed she would not contest the Electoral College votes that showed he lost the election.

This is in stark contrast to newly-elected U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis, who has continued to praise the president into the new year. Lummis did contest some of the Electoral College votes during the Congressional session on Wednesday, but Biden was still confirmed as president-elect.

“This is what America is not,” Cheney said. “The mob will not prevail. What happened today can never happen in the United States, and the President needs to take responsibility for it.”

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Cheney on Capitol Attack: “It Is a Dangerous Moment For Our Country”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney joined her colleagues on Wyoming’s congressional delegation in condemning the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, but she also took the opportunity to criticize President Donald Trump for creating the atmosphere that led to the attack.

An undetermined number of people described as supporters of Trump breached the security measures in place around the Capitol on Wednesday as members of Congress discussed certifying the results of the Electoral College vote from November’s presidential election.

Cheney placed blame for the attack on Trump and said he failed to adequately address the situation once it got out of hand.

“It doesn’t matter what side of those issues you stand on,” Cheney said during an interview with NBC News on Wednesday afternoon. “The President of the United States’ statement now, in my view, was completely inadequate – what he has done and what he caused here is something that we’ve never seen before in our history.”

Cheney was referring to a short video Trump posted to Twitter earlier Wednesday after the invasion began in which he thanks the protesters for their support, but calls on them to “go home.”

Despite the sharp political differences seen in the country, violent actions are not the answer, Cheney said.

“We have very deep and clear political differences in this country, but we don’t resolve those differences by mob violence,” she said. “It has been 245 years and no president has ever failed to concede or agree to leave office after the Electoral College has voted.”

She added that Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol was a result of Trump’s continued insistence that he actually won November’s presidential election and that there was a conspiracy keeping him from being returning to the White House.

“I think what we’re seeing today is a result of that –  a result of convincing people that somehow Congress was going to overturn the results of this election, a result of suggesting he wouldn’t leave office,” Cheney said. “Those are very, very dangerous things. This will be remembered and this will be part of his legacy, and it is a dangerous moment for our country.”

Trump said during a rally earlier Wednesday that he would “never concede.”

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Trump Attacks Cheney, “Weak Congresspeople” During Wednesday Rally

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

President Donald Trump singled out U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for scathing criticism during a rally appearance on Wednesday morning.

“The Liz Cheneys of the world. We have to get rid of them,” Trump said during his speech.

In recent days, Cheney has advised fellow Republican not to object to the outcome of the Electoral College vote that gave victory in November’s presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden.

The comments by Trump came during a rally that took place just hours before many of his supporters stormed the steps of the U.S. Capitol building, forcing evacuation of the building by the legislators inside. Members of Congress were preparing to decide on the certification of the Electoral College’s vote at the time.

During the rally, Trump also told his supporters to get rid of the “weak Congresspeople,” referring to those who didn’t agree with his belief that the presidential election was rigged or that Biden didn’t win fairly.

Trump also claimed that “big tech” rigged the election in Biden’s favor.

“We will never give up, we will never concede,” the president said during the rally. “It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.”

These comments come days after Cheney confirmed that she would vote to certify Biden’s win and also calling Trump’s recent phone call with the Georgia Secretary of State “disturbing.”

“Congress has an important role to play in supporting states as they address election fraud,” she previously said. “Congress does not, however, have the authority to overturn state presidential election results by refusing to count electors and thereby substituting our views for the votes of the people in the states. Doing so would be establishing a tyranny of Congress and stealing power from the states and the people in those states.”

Cheney’s position on certification of the Electoral College vote was shared by U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, who said he would vote in favor of certification during the joint session of Congress held Wednesday.

U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis, however, joined 10 other Senate Republicans in saying she would object to to the Electoral College results until an audit of elections in states where Trump has suggested voter fraud occurred can be completed.

Lummis’ statements on the Electoral College vote won thanks from Trump during the rally.

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso confirmed Wednesday morning that he would also certify the Electoral College’s vote.

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Cheney: “I Will Always Protect and Defend Our Second Amendment Rights”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney trumpeted her support for the Second Amendment’s right for Americans to bear arms this week as she co-sponsored legislation that would expand the rights of people with concealed weapons permits.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow people with state-issued concealed carry licenses or permits to carry a concealed weapon in any other state, provided they follow the laws of that state.

“I will always protect and defend our Second Amendment rights,” Cheney said. “This legislation will safeguard law-abiding citizens as they travel across state lines, and ensure that their constitutional rights are not infringed upon by burdensome technicalities. I…will continue working to combat any attempts to violate the rights of the people of Wyoming to keep and bear arms.”

Cheney has co-sponsored the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act in previous years. In December 2017, the bill passed in the U.S. House by a vote of 231-198, yet was not taken up in the U.S. Senate.

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Liz Cheney Calls Trump Georgia Election Phone Call “Deeply Troubling”

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Monday said she found President Trump’s phone call disputing election results in Georgia with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger “deeply troubling” and encouraged citizens to listen to it.

Cheney was commenting on the audio obtained by CBS News of a private phone call between Trump and Raffensberger where the president asked the Secretary of State to “find” enough votes to overturn the election results.

“I think that it was deeply troubling, and I think everybody ought to listen to the full hour of it,” Cheney said, according to a congressional pool report. “I think that’s it’s deeply troubling, and I’m just going to leave it at that.”

Of the many quotes pulled from the audio recording, the one that appears to have generated the most controversy is where the president asked the secretary of state to “find” the votes.

“So, look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state,” Trump said.

This is the third time in three days Cheney has commented on the election controversy. On Sunday she sent a 21-page memo to House Republicans stating that there was “no appropriate basis” for Congress to object to the Electoral College votes on January 6.

“Such objections set an exceptionally dangerous precedent, threatening to steal states’ explicit constitutional responsibility for choosing the President and bestowing it instead on Congress. This is directly at odds with the Constitution’s clear text and our core beliefs as Republicans,” she wrote.

On Monday, Cheney explained her opposition to an Electoral College challenge was not about President Trump but rather “following the Constitution.”

“Like all of you, I am thankful for the work President Trump and his administration has accomplished on behalf of Wyoming and our entire nation, and I am not happy about the result of the presidential election,” Cheney said.

“This vote in Congress is not about President Trump. It’s about following the Constitution and recognizing that the authority here rests with the states and the people, not the federal government,” she said.

Regarding the phone call, Raffensperger wouldn’t say during an appearance on Fox News on Monday whether he approved of the audio being leaked to the media.

“The information is out there. It is what it is,” Raffensperger said.

“That’s not an answer to my question,” the FOX News host said “Are you going to answer my question? Were you aware of the decision, and were you in favor of the decision to release the phone call, sir?”

“I think that we had to respond to the president’s Twitter, and we responded with the facts that were in the call,” Raffensperger said. “That’s how it got out there. So now the world can make up their own decisions, listen to the whole thing — both sides of the aisle, right down the middle. And they can make their own decisions.”

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Cheney Explains Opposition to Electoral College Challenge: “This Vote Is Not About President Trump”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Giving Congress the authority to overturn elections at the state level would allow that body to dictate to the states, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said Monday.

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, in a statement on her Facebook page, explained her decision to stand by the Electoral College’s vote confirming former Vice President Joe Biden as the president-elect.

“Congress has an important role to play in supporting states as they address election fraud,” she said. “Congress does not, however, have the authority to overturn state presidential election results by refusing to count electors and thereby substituting our views for the votes of the people in the states. Doing so would be establishing a tyranny of Congress and stealing power from the states and the people in those states.”

Cheney’s statement was posted less than a day after she denounced many of her Republican colleagues, including U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis for their plans to challenge the results of the Electoral College.

Eleven Senate Republicans, including Lummis, announced over the weekend they will object to certification of the Electoral College’s results until an emergency 10-day audit can be conducted of votes cast in states where some have raised questions about the legality of the elections. The Senate is to receive the Electoral College’s votes for certification on Wednesday.

Cheney said she understood many people had concerns about the election, particularly with mail-in voting.

“Since November 3, I’ve had the chance to talk with many of you about the very real concerns associated with mail-in voting and other challenges in the 2020 presidential election, and I share your concerns,” she wrote. “I think it is fundamental to the future of our electoral system that we address and reform these systems.”

She went on to praise Wyoming’s election system, which functions “fairly, efficiently and transparently,” which other states could learn from.

She added that the Republican Party prided itself for its fidelity to the U.S. Constitution.

“[Republicans] call ourselves strict constructionists, meaning that we adhere to the actual text of our founding document,” she wrote. “We do not read words or concepts into the Constitution that are not there. And we do not comply with the Constitution’s commands only when it is convenient politically.”

By objecting to the Electoral College results, this would assert Congress had the authority to overturn elections and overrule state and federal courts.

“Like all of you, I am thankful for the work President Trump and his administration has accomplished on behalf of Wyoming and our entire nation, and I am not happy about the result of the presidential election,” she said. “This vote in Congress is not about President Trump. It’s about following the Constitution and recognizing that the authority here rests with the states and the people, not the federal government.”

Cheney concluded that she couldn’t, in good faith, surrender Wyoming’s right to determine the winner of the presidential election to a future Democratic-run Congress.

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