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Cheney: United States Should Be Committed To Ukrainian Victory

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The United States should be committed to ensuring victory in the Ukraine to stop a “genocide” now occurring there, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said during a Sunday interview.

Cheney was interviewed by CNN’s Jake Tapper for the “State of the Union” series to discuss the Russian war with Ukraine and the steps the U.S. must take to combat Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts in the war.

“I think that it’s crucially important that the United States be clear that we are absolutely committed to [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelenskyy’s victory,” she said. “We should not be talking about…improving Zelenskyy’s position at the negotiating table. This is about defeating Russian forces in Ukraine.”

However, she elaborated that the situation with Russia was about much more than its invasion of the Ukraine. Cheney said the U.S. needed to quickly outfit the Ukrainian people with advanced weaponry in order to fight against Russian forces.

She felt both offensive weapons, such as tanks and planes, and defense systems such as anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles would be appropriate to provide to Ukraine in this situation, which she referred to as a “genocide.”

“I think we need to do everything that (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelenskyy says he needs at this point, given the unbelievable battle that they have put up,” she said. “I think this clearly is genocide. I think Europe needs to understand and grapple with the fact that you’ve got a genocidal campaign that we’ve seen in recent decades.”

However, she said she did not think sending U.S. troops into Ukraine would be necessary for the time being.

Europe needs to reconcile the fact that it is funding Putin’s genocidal campaign with its purchases Russian oil and gas, Cheney said.

While Cheney said she understood the economic consequences that western European counties could see if the nation were to impose an oil and gas embargo on Russia as the United States has done, she said it was critical it still be done.

“We need to do everything we can to increase our own domestic production to help make sure that we can supply them with as much as possible,” she said. “But they need to understand that every single time, every single day that they are continuing to import Russian oil and gas, they’re funding Putin’s genocide in Ukraine.”

Tapper noted that the Ukrainian president has posed “baffling and challenging existential” questions about the existence of the United Nations, the U.N. Security Council and NATO and their efficacy.

Cheney said there was a clear line between the United Nations and NATO, which she called was the most effective and successful military alliance in history. As for the U.N., she said “real questions” have been raised about whether it can accomplish or is accomplishing any of the objectives for which it was created.

“When you have Russia sitting on the Security Council…I think the United Nations, I think that it has demonstrated that it is not the kind of effective entity people hoped it would be when it was created,” she said. “I think NATO is very different. NATO has now worked to make sure that we are coming to the defense of our allies and that we are doing everything that we can do. We need to do more to help to support Ukraine and help to support the Ukrainian people.”

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Cheney: Trump Will Do Jan. 6 All Over Again If Given The Chance

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney took to social media early Monday to criticize former President Donald Trump for his scathing remarks about former Vice President Mike Pence, saying the former president is in danger of inciting a riot similar to the one seen in 2021.

Cheney said that Trump’s continuing claims that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” by President Joe Biden could lead to a riot similar to what was seen at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

“Trump uses language he knows caused the Jan 6 violence; suggests he’d pardon the Jan 6 defendants, some of whom have been charged with seditious conspiracy; threatens prosecutors; and admits he was attempting to overturn the election,” she wrote. “He’d do it all again if given the chance.”

Trump suggested over the weekend that Pence, as vice president, could have voted in the Senate to overturn the results of the presidential election to put Trump back into office.

“If the Vice President (Mike Pence) had ‘absolutely no right’ to change the Presidential Election results in the Senate, despite fraud and many other irregularities, how come the Democrats and RINO Republicans, like Wacky Susan Collins, are desperately trying to pass legislation that will not allow the Vice President to change the results of the election?” Trump said Sunday. “Actually, what they are saying, is that Mike Pence did have the right to change the outcome, and they now want to take that right away. Unfortunately, he didn’t exercise that power, he could have overturned the Election!”

There is no evidence that the election was stolen from Trump, and numerous judges have thrown out cases suggesting otherwise.

Cheney is one of two Republicans serving on the committee investigating the events that occurred before and during the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol.

She has regularly criticized the former president for his claims regarding the election, as well as her fellow Republicans who have sided with him, including her presumptive opponent in her GOP primary race for re-election, Harriet Hageman.

Cheney was one of the few Republicans to vote to impeach Trump following the riot. He was later acquitted, but has made Cheney a favorite target of his jabs since he has left office.

Prior to her impeachment vote, Cheney voted with Trump more than 90% of the time.

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Carbon County GOP Chairman Correnti Asks House Candidates If They Will Drop Out

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The chairman of the Carbon County Republican Party asked Wyoming’s U.S. House candidates on Thursday if they will drop out of the race following former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of new candidate Harriet Hageman.

During a House candidate forum held earlier this year, many of the contenders indicated they would abandon their runs if Trump did not endorse them.

Correnti emailed the House candidates on Thursday morning and pointedly asked them about their plans.

“Based on your earlier statement when asked ‘Candidates, will you endorse the candidate that President Trump endorses…at the K.W. Miller Forum, [your] answer was ‘YES GOP NATIONAL AN GOP WYOMING,'” Correnti wrote.

“Based on your answer to that question, and the newly formed situation where President Trump has now officially endorsed Harriet Hageman…are you prepared to honor your word to the people and endorse Harriet…for Wyoming’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and step aside in this race?”

It wasn’t clear if any of the candidates to which he reached out responded.

Candidates Denton Knapp, Darin Smith and Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, did not immediately respond to Cowboy State Daily’s question about if they were going to drop it. Smith and Gray also met with the former president earlier in the summer.

Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, will stay in the race, campaign spokeswoman April Poley confirmed to Cowboy State Daily.

“He isn’t one of the five that promised to drop out,” she said.

Congresswoman Liz Cheney reacted to the endorsement by posting Trump’s statement on her Twitter account along with two words:  “Bring it.”

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Cheney: Our Adversaries Are Testing the Biden Administration

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney continued her criticism of President Joe Biden’s approach to national security on Tuesday, saying the administration has performed poorly in response to tests by America’s adversaries.

On Tuesday morning, during a news conference with other Republican U.S. House leaders, Cheney addressed her concerns about the administrtaion’s national security skills.

“Our adversaries are testing this new administration,” Cheney said during the news conference. “Whether you’re talking about what’s happening in Russia…whether you’re talking about about what’s happening with the Chinese government…around the globe we’re watching as our adversaries test us, as our adversaries threaten us and so far, the Biden Administration has been lacking, sadly, in its response.”

Cheney has previously been outspoken about her distrust of China and how the U.S. has an unstable relationship with the country.

Among other things, Cheney has spoken out against Disney working with China to film the live action “Mulan” remake, and has criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for not being more assertive in dealing with about U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, who unknowingly had connections to a Chinese spy.

Cheney has even suggested that the United States not participate in the Beijing Olympics in 2022.

During Tuesday’s conference, Cheney said the country needs to be able to show strength in the face of challenges.

“Our adversaries need to know that we have the will and the capacity to defend ourselves, that is the only way to deter the kind of threat that we see,” she said. “We in the House Republicans are absolutely dedicated, committed to ensuring that we do our part in terms of oversight, in terms of highlighting the extent to which we know that a military that is second to none and a strong relationship with our allies – those two things are very important for us to be able to defend ourselves.

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State legislator takes national stance against ‘endless wars’

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By Ike Fredregill, Cowboy State Daily

If Congress is not willing to declare war in the Middle East, Rep. Tyler Lindholm, R-Sundance, wants America to bring home its troops.

“This is ridiculous,” Lindholm said. “We’ve been over there for more than a decade, and we don’t really know why.”

By relying on an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in the Middle East instead of an actual war declaration, Lindholm said Congress has denied service members the clarity they need to finish the job — whatever that may be.

“The reality is, when it comes to the Middle East, we don’t actually have authority to be over there from our Congress,” Lindholm said. “We’re operating off an AUMF from 2001 and 2002. The AUMF of 2001 was to go after terrorists in Afghanistan, and in 2002, it was to be ready to go after Iraq. But none of those speak to full-time occupation.”

As the country moves into its 19th year of combat operations in Afghanistan, Lindholm said enough is enough.

“We need to end the endless wars,” he said, echoing sentiments voiced by President Donald Trump. “I’ve got four kids, and none of them have ever known a nation not at war.”

In a column co-written by Rep. Jared Olsen, R-Cheyenne, and published across the country, Lindholm called out U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, and other “war hawks” for encouraging Trump to retaliate against Iran after a U.S. drone was shot down earlier this year.

Additionally, Lindholm is leading the Wyoming branch of Bring Our Troops Home, a non-profit organization intent on ending “the Forever Wars and encourage Congress … to support President Trump’s plan to withdraw our troops.”

Life abroad

Raised in Sundance, Lindholm joined the U.S. Navy to see the world and find his place in it.

“I wasn’t really ready to be a grown up, but I knew I needed to get something going in my life,” he explained. “I left two days after I graduated high school.”

It was May 2001. The U.S. was at peace. The world was a different place.

“I remember training in Pensacola, Florida, before 9/11 — taxi cabs would pull right up to base,” Lindholm recalled. “Then after the attacks, things really shut down. It changed the whole mission going from peacetime to wartime.”

A helicopter mechanic who exited the Navy at the rank of Petty Officer Third Class five years later, Lindholm never deployed to the Middle East, but he did see a side of the world he never imagined.

“We were headed to go shake our sword at North Korea in the 2004 timeframe, and we rolled into Hong Kong on Christmas,” he said of his time stationed aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. “While we were there, this tsunami struck Indonesia — it was a hell of wreck.”

His ship was to diverted to help with rescue and relief efforts.

“We were first on scene there,” Lindholm said. “I remember we were still 50 miles out from our destination, and I was on the flight deck with the rest of the crew.”

The sailors spotted a bloated, sun-bleached body floating near a palm tree, he remembered.

“We were shocked, but the ship just kept on a-steaming,” Lindholm said. “We were asking why we weren’t stopping for the body, but then as soon we got into position we could see why. There was 200,000 people that died in that tsunami and there were bodies everywhere. More than you could count.”

Using the carrier’s helicopters, the Lincoln’s crew spent months resupplying the Banda Aceh province with fresh water, rice and medical supplies. Shortly after Lindholm’s ship returned to the states, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. 

“We were, at that point, the Navy’s rescue and relief experts,” Lindholm said. “So, my squadron got deployed to respond to (Katrina).”

Whereas the Indonesians welcomed the Navy’s response, the U.S. was a different story.

“The people of Indonesia were just so damn thankful,” Lindholm said. “When we deployed to Katrina, there were people shooting at our aircraft, it was nuts. They definitely weren’t thankful we were there.”

Getting mad, getting political

Once his enlistment was complete, Lindholm moved to Texas to work on U.S. Army helicopters as a civilian contractor, but it wasn’t long before Wyoming called him home.

“It was around 2006-2007, and things were really cooking off in northeast Wyoming,” he said. “So, I figured I’d return home to the ranch and find a job.”

Using the electrical expertise he gained in the military, Lindholm went to work as an electrician. But the more he learned about the way of the world, the more it got under his skin.

“Honestly, I just got mad,” Lindholm explained, chuckling. “When I was in the military, I didn’t really think about what I was doing, I just did what I was told. Then I got out, and I really got to thinking about the things I didn’t like, especially in relation to the family ranch, so I became politically involved to change them.”

Now in his second term as a state legislator, Lindholm serves as the House Majority Whip.

“To be 100 percent honest, I thought I was going to be whipped off into the corner,” he said. “But, when I got in there, I realized these are just normal folks like me.”

He campaigned on the idea people should be allowed to drink raw milk if they choose and sponsored Wyoming’s “food freedom law,” which passed in 2015.  Since then, he’s also helped craft legislation facilitating blockchain businesses and banking.

Now, he’s shifting focus to either bring troops deployed in the Middle East home or pass a law in Wyoming hamstringing Congress’ access to the state’s National Guard units.

“This legislation would prevent our guard from being deployed to a foreign place where war has not been declared,” Lindholm explained. “It’ll appear in the 2020 session, and I’ve got bipartisan support on it.”

Working with the other side of the aisle to legitimize or end the nation’s war efforts has been trickier than he expected.

“Before 2008, I could always lean on the democrats to be anti-war,” Lindholm said. “Now, we’re kind of stuck in this weird spot where Democrats and Republicans don’t really know how to feel about these wars. It’s a weird shift.”

As a state representative, Lindholm doesn’t have the power to force Congress’ hand, but he said he hopes Bring the Troops Home will ignite a national conversation.

“We want Congress to think about it, we want them to talk about it, and we want them to vote on it,” Lindholm said. “We owe it to the next generation, because that’s who’s going to be serving over there next. That’s who is serving over there now.”

Wyoming congressional delegation welcomes end of Mueller probe

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By Cowboy State Daily

The end of the special investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign by Special Counsel Robert Mueller should free members of Congress to focus on important issues, according to members of Wyoming’s congressional delegation.

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso and Rep. Liz Cheney both said that in the wake of the finding that the president did not work with Russians to sway the outcome of the 2016 election, it is time to move past the issue.

“Now, it’s time to move on,” Barrasso said in a prepared statement. “My focus will continue to be on growing the economy, expanding opportunities and improving the lives of people in Wyoming.”

Cheney singled out members of the Democratic Party for raising the allegations that were ultimately dismissed by Mueller’s investigation.

“They have peddled falsehoods about the president, making one scurrilous claim after another,” she said. “As we go forward, it’s time for Democrats to put aside their partisan agenda of attacking this president and instead focus on addressing the real issues facing the American people.”

U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi joined Cheney and Barrasso in welcoming the outcome of the investigation, but he pointed out that the report did conclude that Russia did attempt to interfere with an American election.

“It is important we do not get distracted from what has always been the true issue at hand,” Enzi said. “Russia’s egregious efforts to interfere with our electoral process … are a serious threat to our country, and I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues to address this.”

Barrasso and Enzi also both indicated they would welcome the release of as much of the report as is possible.

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