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Cheney: China Has Infiltrated Entertainment Industry

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Wednesday continued to question the congressional committee assignments of U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California, who has been embroiled in controversy since it was revealed that one of his former fundraisers was apparently a Chinese spy.

Cheney told Fox and Friends on Wednesday morning that Swalwell represented a national security hazard.

“I think the real question is why Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi hasn’t taken action,” Cheney said. “We really need to make sure, across-the-board, we’re defending ourselves.”

News outlet Axios detailed an alleged political intelligence operation run by a civilian spy agency in China between 2011 and 2015. Swalwell is not suspected of any wrongdoing.

Pelosi appointed Swalwell to the House Intelligence Committee, which oversees a number of executive branch agencies and departments.

Cheney criticized Pelosi for pivoting the committee’s focus from potential international espionage to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

“We as a nation cannot afford to have somebody as a Speaker of the House, who’s not serious about the most important national security threat we face,” Cheney said.

The representative also agreed with allegations by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, that many mainstream media outlets (such as The New York Times and the Washington Post) are affiliated with China, receiving money for promoting propaganda about the country.

She pointed as an example of the most recent example of Hollywood working with China to the live-action remake of “Mulan.”

It has been documented that the Chinese Communist Party is keeping Uighur Muslims in concentration camps in the Xinjiang Uighar Autonomous Region, and Cheney and a number of colleagues questioned the Walt Disney Company’s cooperation with China, since they are committing human rights violations.

“The Chinese government has managed to infiltrate the highest levels of our entertainment industry,” she said.

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Cheney: “Edward Snowden Is A Traitor”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, a strong supporter of national defense, was vocal on Twitter over the weekend about her opposition to calls for a pardon for Edward Snowden.

“Edward Snowden is a traitor,” Cheney wrote in a tweet on Sunday, discussing the possibility of Snowden being pardoned by President Donald Trump, who has said before that he would “strongly” consider pardoning the whistleblower.

Snowden leaked classified information from the National Security Agency in 2013 to a number of reporters and has been living in Russia ever since, expressing concerns for his safety and security.

“He is responsible for the largest and most damaging release of classified info in US history,” Cheney wrote in her tweet. “He handed over US secrets to Russian and Chinese intelligence putting our troops and our nation at risk.”

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice charged Snowden with espionage and theft of government property, but as Snowden is now a Russian resident, he cannot be extradited to the United States.

Snowden has been a controversial figure in his home country ever since he leaked the NSA documents, with some like Cheney calling him a traitor and others referring to him as a hero for revealing that the NSA was surveilling civilians.

Over the weekend, politicians including U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union made pleas to Trump to issue a pardon for Snowden before he leaves office.

Cheney questioned the wisdom of such a move.

“Pardoning him would be unconscionable,” she concluded in her message.

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Cheney: Chinese Communist Party Is Attacking United States

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney recently continued her crusade against possible espionage and bad dealings between the United States and China, this time on Fox News with Dana Perino.

Cheney appeared on Perino’s show on Tuesday to discuss the situation regarding U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, who was named in a recent report by Axios that detailed an alleged political intelligence operation run by a civilian spy agency in China between 2011 and 2015.

A woman involved with the operation took part in fundraising for Swalwell’s re-election campaign in 2014 and helped place an intern into the office. However, Swalwell has never been suspected of any wrongdoing.

The woman also made connections with other prominent California Democrats over that time period.

“I think that unfortunately and concerningly, this is part of a much larger pattern where we know that the Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese government, is on the attack against the United States of America,” Cheney said.

Cheney called the report alarming during her interview with Perino and questioned whether or not Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi knew about the investigation before appointing Swalwell to the House Intel Committee.

“Speaker Pelosi not only put him on that committee, but she took that committee and insisted that that committee focus on impeachment, focus on efforts to impeach the President at a time when we know this threat from China was growing,” she said.

She added that the Republican Party was the only one in Congress willing to take the Chinese government on. She criticized Pelosi and the Democratic Party for “refusing to acknowledge that the Chinese Community Party is an adversary.”

Cheney also felt the Chinese government was trying to attack the U.S. through economic means. She also noted that she believed the spy operation was significantly larger when it came to targeting the U.S.

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Cheney Praises Trump’s White House For COVID Vaccine Innovation

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, speaking during an award acceptance speech this week, praised President Donald Trump and his administration for their help with the development of two coronavirus vaccines.

Cheney received the American Life Sciences Innovation Council’s 2020 Champion of Health Care Innovation award from the Wyoming Hospital Association, the Casper Chamber of Commerce, the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce and the Wyoming Medical Society.

“One of the stories that has not [been as prominent[ is the really incredible process that has gone on through Operation Warp Speed put in place by President Trump and the task force at the White House,” she said during her comments on a Zoom call this week. “I think the untold story that’s not getting enough credit is the distribution system that’s been set up.”

Cheney credited the Trump administration’s establishment of a partnership between the military and the American private sector. She also hailed the administration’s decision to leave the distribution of a vaccine and other health mandates up to the states, instead of implementing nationwide health orders.

She added a jab at the transition process between the Trump administration and incoming President-Elect Joe Biden’s team, saying she was “grateful” the latter didn’t yet have access to the vaccine distribution system yet, as she believed the Biden administration would seize the vaccines and “nationalize” them.

She also commented on Gov. Mark Gordon’s recent order to send assistance to hospitals across the state, especially in Cheyenne and Gillette.

“The vaccines are certainly the light at the end of the tunnel, and those are coming very quickly, but we’re going to have to get people through the next several months here and make sure that people’s businesses can continue to thrive,” Cheney concluded.

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Cheney: Chinese Communists Steal Our Intellectual Property, Engage In Espionage

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney has introduced a bill that would keep certain Chinese companies from accessing United States capital markets.

The Wyoming representative has never been shy about expressing her concerns about China and the fact that the United States must be careful when dealing with the country.

“The Chinese Communist Party regularly breaches America’s shores to steal our intellectual property, engage in espionage, feed off our markets, and more,” Cheney said. 

This week, Cheney and two of her fellow Republican representatives introduced a bill that would prohibit any Chinese companies from accessing capital markets in the United States if they’re listed on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s “Entity List” or the Department of Defense’s list of Communist Chinese military companies.

The Entity List is one that contains names of certain foreign persons or entities that are subject to specific license requirements for the export, re-export and/or transfer of specified items.

In addition to prohibiting these companies from being listed on securities exchanges, this bill would prohibit American investment companies, insurance companies and retirement funds from investing in the Chinese companies on the Entity List.

Cheney worked alongside Utah Rep. Chris Stewart and Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher on the bill.

Cheney is a member of the China Task Force that was created in May to look into threats posed to America’s freedom and security by the Chinese government.

“The U.S. must counter the CCP’s efforts to take advantage of our free and open system here at home, in addition to doing all we can to counter the CCP’s malign activities abroad,” Cheney said. “This legislation is a critical step toward making sure that CCP military companies can no longer exploit U.S. markets in support of China’s pernicious power projection, nuclear build-up, grave human rights abuses and other malign activities.”

Last week, President Donald Trump announced an executive order that similarly banned U.S. investment in Chinese companies identified on lists released in June and August by the Pentagon.

Just a few months ago, Cheney and a number of her Congressional colleagues inquired into the Walt Disney Company’s work with China during the filming of the live-action “Mulan” remake.

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Cheney to Trump: Either Prove Fraud Or Accept Results

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Never shy about saying what she means, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney is one of the few but growing number of Republicans to tell President Trump it’s time to put up or shut up.

Cheney, in a statement on Friday, told the president that claims of election fraud must be backed by evidence rather than just allegations.

“America is governed by the rule of law. The President and his lawyers have made claims of criminality and widespread fraud, which they allege could impact election results,” Cheney said. “If they have genuine evidence of this, they are obligated to present it immediately in court and to the American people.”

“If the President cannot prove these claims or demonstrate that they would change the election result, he should fulfill his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States by respecting the sanctity of our electoral process,” she said.

The president fired back Friday evening saying that he wouldn’t accept the results of the election claiming that there were enough fraudulent votes cast to “easily flip the election.”

“You’re just unhappy that I’m bringing the troops back home where they belong!” Trump said.

Longtime Trump ally Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, echoed Cheney’s remarks on Sunday.

“Listen, I have been a supporter of the president,” Christie said on ABC.  “I voted for him twice, but elections have consequences, and we cannot continue to act as if something happened here that didn’t happen.”

In calling Trump’s legal team a “national embarrassment,” Christie said it was time to present the evidence of fraud.

“If you are unwilling to come forward and present the evidence, it must mean the evidence doesn’t exist,” he said. “The country is what has to matter the most. As much as I’m a strong Republican and I love my party, it’s the country that has to come first.”

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, meanwhile, refused to cede ground stating that the president has every right to challenge the results of the election stating that “the American people have a right to feel confident in the election process.”

“The president has every right to use all the appeals and recounts and legal measures he’s using,” Barrasso said on FOX News. The election is much closer than people though.”

“Ultimately if there is genuine proof and evidence of things that have happened that would change the outcome then it is time to look at that evidence now,” he said.

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Cheney Faces Slams AOC On Twitter: “America Will Never Be a Socialist Country”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney has taken to Twitter to offer some pointed comments to some of her political counterparts who sit across the aisle.

On Thursday, she retweeted a post by Democratic darling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is known for having more socialist leanings.

“If you say ‘socialism’ three times in a mirror, a corporate lobbyist-backed candidate grows their wings,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a joking tone on Twitter Wednesday morning, accompanying the tweet with an angel emoji.

Cheney did not take well to these words, firing back at Ocasio-Cortez in a response on Thursday morning, saying that socialism was a “fraud.”

“Actually, you can say it as many times as you want,” Cheney wrote. “The American people know socialism is a fraud that has spread death and poverty and crushed human freedom everywhere it’s been tried. But go ahead, keep saying it.

“America will be never be a socialist country.”

She ended her post with an American flag emoji.

Cheney has never been shy about her feelings towards socialism or the Democratic party, although she usually focuses on the veteran Democrats such as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi or U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer.

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Liz Cheney Wins Third Wyoming U.S. House Term

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney won election to a third term as Wyoming’s lone member of the U.S. House on Tuesday, defeating Democrat Lynnette Grey Bull.

Cheney won 240,547 to Grey Bull’s 61,552, according to unofficial returns. Richard Brubaker, a Libertarian, won 8,998 votes and Jeff Haggit, a member of the Constitutional Party, collected 6,961.

The unofficial returns did not include any votes from Sweetwater County, which had not reported any returns as of 11 p.m. Tuesday.

As in Wyoming’s Senate race, the campaign marked the first time in Wyoming history two women ran against each other for the state’s U.S. House seat.

Lummis, the daughter of former vice president and U.S. Rep. Dick Cheney, ran on her record of conservative leadership while serving in the U.S. House since 2016. 

The member of the House Armed Services and Natural Resources committees pointed to her work on issues such as preventing court interference with wolf management, enhancing the competitiveness of Wyoming soda ash and moving the management of oil and gas permitting on federal lands into state hands during her campaign.

Greybull, the first indigenous woman to seek federal office from Wyoming, vowed if elected to pursue affordable health care, maintain and enhance benefits for veterans and help the state address changes in energy production that have hurt traditional fossil fuel production.

She also pledged to act in a bipartisan fashion, working with members of the Republican Party to accomplish her goals.

The California native moved to Wyoming in 2017 and is director of the Wind River/Department of Interior Land Buyback Program for Tribal Nations. The group is working to distribute $1.9 billion in awards made for the mismanagement of tribal land.

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Cheney Dedicates First National Cemetery in Wyoming; “Veterans Most Important Part of Her Job”

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In dedicating Wyoming’s first national cemetery last week, Congresswoman Liz Cheney said the work done on behalf of veterans and current members of the armed forces is the most important work she does as a member of congress.

“We all know and recognize that the freedoms that we enjoy, the freedoms that we are able to exercise every single day, we only are able to do that because of brave men and women like you who had stepped forward and answered the call,” Cheney said.

Cheney was joined by VA Secretary Robert Wilkie and Gov. Mark Gordon at the ceremony dedicating the new cemetery which is located about five miles northwest of Cheyenne.

Recalling a statue of a union solider at the Antietam National Battlefield, Cheney cited the inscription on the monument which says: “Not for Themselves, but for Their Country.”

“I think that is something that we all need to pause every day and particularly on a day like today when we’re here to commemorate to dedicate the cemetery,” she said. “That it is because of the selfless service of all of you that we live in freedom.”

She went on to say that the “task and responsibility” of representing Wyoming’s constituents is to make sure that she and others in elected positions “conduct ourselves in a way that is worthy of the sacrifices that so many have made and continue to make.”

“I am very honored to be here. pleased to be able to be here on such an important day and such an important moment,” she said.

Cheney later posted a photo of World War II veteran Gerry Meyer who attended the ceremony. The 100-year-old vet served in the Navy during WWII & later as Dean of Wyoming’s College of Arts & Science.

“We owe Gerry our gratitude for his patriotic service to our state & country,” she said,.

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Cheney: We’ve Got To Make Sure Pelosi Isn’t Speaker Much Longer

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney continued to blast Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi regarding the proposed coronavirus stimulus package this week, this time on a Cheyenne talk radio station.

On Thursday, Cheney was interviewed on KFBC Radio about the stimulus package, pointing blame at Pelosi for being the reason it has stalled in recent weeks.

“The Speaker, at every opportunity, has chosen the partisan approach over actually getting something done, which is one of the biggest reasons why we’ve got to make sure she’s not Speaker for very much longer,” Cheney told host Reece Monaco.

Monaco mentioned President Donald Trump’s recent comments about how he would sign a bill that rushed $1,200 stimulus checks for Americans who make under a certain amount, asking Cheney if she thought that should be done or if the president should wait until after the election.

Cheney hoped it would happen sooner rather than later, adding she believed Pelosi was facing pressure from other House Democrats who “are in vulnerable seats.”

“So, I am hopeful that the combination of putting additional pressure on Speaker Pelosi, being able to pull out some of the discrete standalone kinds of assistance programs people need and the work, of course, of Leader McConnell over on the Senate side, that we will be able to get something moving, I hope,” she said.

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