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Cheney Votes For Gun Control Bill; Gets Immediately Blasted By Hageman

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By Leo Wolfson, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney joined the majority in the House on Friday in voting for the most wide-ranging gun control legislation approved in nearly 30 years.

While Cheney voted against the measure as it was originally approved by the House, she voted for the compromise version that was returned by the Senate.

“As a mother and a constitutional conservative, I’m proud to support this sensible bill that will protect our children and limit violence without infringing on law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights,” Cheney said in a statement after casting her vote.

“Nothing in the bill restricts the rights of responsible gun owners. Period. I will always protect the Second Amendment,” she said.

U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis voted against passing the bill out of the Senate on Thursday.

Hageman

Cheney’s vote was criticized immediately by Harriet Hageman, one of her opponents in the GOP primary for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat.

“Whatever Liz Cheney is doing with our only House seat, she certainly isn’t using it to represent the views and values of the people of Wyoming,” Hageman said in a press release.

“The lawful possession of firearms for hunting and self-defense is an integral part of our DNA in this state, and we don’t want our constitutional rights negotiated away. We all agree that mental health is an important issue that needs to be addressed, but we should not limit the rights of law-abiding citizens,” Hageman said.

Heads To Biden

The bipartisan legislation now headed for the desk of President Joe Biden enhances background checks for prospective gun buyers under 21 years old and closes the “boyfriend loophole” to extend prohibitions on gun ownership by those convicted of domestic violence to those who were dating their victims.

The law would also set aside $750 million in grants to encourage states to adopt “red flag laws,” which allow law enforcement officers, family members and friends to seek the confiscation of firearms from people they consider a danger to themselves or others.

Other sections of the law clarify the definition of a Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer, creates criminal penalties for straw purchases and gun trafficking and provides billions of dollars for mental health services.

The original version of the bill, which was opposed by Cheney, would also have raised the age at which people can buy semi-automatic rifles to 21 and have allowed local residents to pay individuals who surrender high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Balance

Cheney said the final version of the law balances safety concerns against Second Amendment rights.

“This legislation recognizes the importance of that right while making our schools safer, providing more tools for law enforcement, and expanding funding for mental health resources which is why I voted for it,” Cheney said.

State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, who is also running against Cheney and founded Second Amendment group Wyoming Gun Owners, described Cheney’s vote as “pandering” to Democrats in a Friday afternoon Facebook post.

Mark Jones, national director of hunters’ programs for Gun Owners of America, agreed with Bouchard’s assessment of Cheney’s vote, noting the incumbent on Thursday issued campaign literature telling people how to switch parties to vote for her in the GOP primary.

Jones also said his organization plans to challenge the legislation in court, alleging it violates the Second, Fourth and Fifth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

“It’s regrettable that these lawmakers would ignore their oath to follow the Constitution in signing this legislation,” he said.

Lummis, Barrasso

In early discussions on the legislation, Lummis wavered from her staunch pro gun stance and expressed an openness to considering a package of bills that could have included changes to red flag laws and juvenile background checks. She said her statement came in response to calls from constituents asking for increased gun control measures.

However, the final bill approved in the Senate exceeded what Lummis believed was necessary, she said.

“Mental health needs to be addressed in this country, but this bill infringes on Americans’ Constitutional rights,” Lummis said on Twitter Thursday.

In a press release, Barrasso expressed similar sentiments.

“I am committed to finding solutions that focus on our nation’s mental health crisis and make schools safer for students and teachers,” Barrasso said in a Thursday night press release. “These solutions must also always protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.”

This legislation has been endorsed by both the Fraternal Order of Police and the National Sheriffs’ Association.

Moms Demand Action

Beth Howard, Wyoming legislative lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a national gun safety organization, said the legislation is a big win for their cause and praised Cheney for her vote.

“Liz Cheney is aware of what the vast majority of Wyoming and U.S. citizens see as necessary action,” she said.

Polling

A recent ABC/Ipsos poll showed that 70% Americans find that new legislation reducing gun violence should be prioritized over protecting gun rights.

The gun control movement gained steam in light of multiple mass shooting events in recent weeks that slayed dozens.

However, Hageman objected specifically to the “red flag” laws, saying they can be abused to deny gun ownership to responsible citizens.

Research on the effectiveness of such laws is mixed. One study found that one suicide was averted for every 10 to 20 gun seizures. Another found that these laws do not significantly reduce firearm violence.

Approval of the gun control legislation comes on the heels of Thursday’s Supreme Court decision affirming that the Second Amendment protects the right of law-abiding Americans to carry a firearm outside of the home. 

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Cheney Explains To Democrats How To Switch Parties In Campaign Literature

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By Leo Wolfson, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is instructing Wyoming Democrats as to how they can change their party registration to vote for her.

In campaign literature recently disbursed in Wyoming, Cheney explained the process of changing party affiliation in Wyoming in time for the primary election on Aug. 16. 

Instructions for how to complete this process are also listed on her campaign website, directing voters to fill out a registration form and submit it to their county clerk’s office at least two weeks before the primary. 

In Wyoming, voters can charge their party registration up until primary day at the place where they cast their ballots or when they fill out their absentee ballot.

“Liz is proud to represent all Wyomingites and is working hard to earn every vote,” said Jeremy Adler, a spokesman for Cheney, explaining the literature. 

Crossover Voting

While not specifically encouraging Democrats to change parties to vote for Cheney, the literature does seem to endorse crossover voting, the practice of joining the opposing political party to influence the outcome of its primary election.

The practice is opposed by many Republicans in Wyoming and many have expressed fear this tactic will negatively affect the chances for Cheney challenger Harriet Hageman to beat Cheney in the Republican primary.

The topic has brought so much attention that former President Donald Trump weighed in on the matter and backed a bill in this year’s legislative session that would have required people to change their party affiliations about three months prior to a primary election or between the primary and general elections. 

“It is sad that a Republican would need Democrats to game the system by switching party affiliation for the sole purpose of helping an otherwise unelectable Republican,” said State Sen. Bo Biteman, R-Ranchester, who sponsored the crossover bill.

“This proves those people wrong who falsely claimed that crossover voting was not an issue during the debate over my bill to stop crossover voting,” he said. “It is not fair that Democrats get to have a say in who the Republicans nominate for the general election.”

Bouchard

Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, who is running against Cheney and Hageman, said he wasn’t surprised by the campaign strategy, calling it a continuation of the influence of out-of-state money and lobbying interests pervading the race.

“There’s millions of dollars being spent from outside Wyoming to influence this race in the lowest population state in the country,” he said. “That’s where politics has went.”

Hageman

“Liz Cheney told the New York Times that she wouldn’t be encouraging Democrats to raid the Republican primary, but I guess the drive to hold onto power is just too strong for her to keep her word,” said Carly Miller, Hageman’s campaign manager.

“What Cheney doesn’t understand is that Democrats will drop her like a bad habit after she’s no longer useful to them on the January 6th Committee. She’s in No Man’s Land — Democrats just see her as a temporary tool, while Republicans are fed up with her completely,” she said.

Dems Reaction

Joe Barbuto, chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party, said he has received comments from many members in his party saying they have received the mailers. Although he said he assumed this campaign literature was also being sent to unaffiliated voters, he has not heard of a single Republican receiving one.

Barbuto suspects this is a sign that the Cheney campaign is in trouble.

“It’s an interesting strategy,” he said. “Maybe they have some internal polling that indicates she thinks she is in significant trouble in this race.”

“Switch For Wyoming”

One of the Wyoming races cited as an example of crossover voting was the 2018 gubernatorial primary, when Gov. Mark Gordon was elected as the GOP candidate over candidates deemed to be more conservative, including Hageman and the late Foster Friess. 

A small group called “Switch for Wyoming” encouraged voters to cross over and vote for Gordon in that election.

But the claim that crossover voting changed the result of this race is most likely false, as Gordon won by around 9,000 votes. The GOP added around 8,200 registered voters on primary day that year, but the Democrats lost only about 1,800 registrants, while independents and other third-party registrations dropped by about 2,700 voters. 

Endorsements

Earlier this week, eight Republican state legislators endorsed Cheney as part of her leadership team. One was Rep. Landon Brown, R-Cheyenne who said he had no issue with her recruiting Democrats. 

“I received the flyer and I don’t honestly have a problem with Americans exercising their God Given right for voting in whatever race they want to,” he said to a Republican constituent in an email.

Barbuto said he has not heard much enthusiasm for Cheney among his party members and is skeptical she will get enough support from Democrats to affect the outcome of the election. Cheney was rarely mentioned during the Democratic Party’s state convention earlier this month.

But other Democrats have said they have heard of many in their party planning to vote for Cheney in the primary. 

Although he said in a Twitter post in May he would never vote for Cheney, Rep. Mike Yin, D-Jackson crafted legislation last year that would have allowed for any voter to vote for any candidate at primary elections. The bill failed to receive introduction in the House.

Trump

During Trump’s presidential term, Cheney voted with him 93% of the time. 

Cheney’s differences with Trump center almost entirely on his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election and his alleged role in causing the riot at the U.S. Capitol on June 6, 2021. On Thursday afternoon, she continued her role as vice chair on the House committee studying the circumstances surrounding the riot.

“It can be difficult to accept that President Trump abused your trust,” Cheney said. “That he deceived you. Many will invent excuses to ignore that fact. But that is a fact. I wish it weren’t true. But it is.”

Cheney noted she has voted against President Joe Biden 89% of the time.

“ I am a conservative Republican. I disagree strongly with nearly everything President Biden has done since he has been in office,” Cheney said in a statement last November. “His policies are bad for this country. I believe deeply that conservative principles: limited government, low taxes, a strong national defense, the family — the family as the essential building block of our nation and our society, those are the right ideals for this country.”

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Joining Gordon, Wyoming’s Delegation Blasts ‘Secretive’ BLM Land Deal

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Members of Wyoming’s congressional delegation joined forces on Wednesday to pen a letter blasting the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for a “secretive” land deal made to purchase thousands of acres of land in Natrona and Carbon counties.

This letter to U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Deb Halland comes less than a week after Gov. Mark Gordon announced that the state would be appealing the land purchase due to a lack of transparency and concern over its potential impacts.

In Wednesday’s letter, U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis and U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said the BLM did not involve the public or local and state officials in the purchase process and failed to consider the impacts of lost revenue on local communities.

“We steadfastly respect private property rights, and the rights of individual landowners to sell to willing buyers. We also understand the desire to increase access to our public lands so that all Americans can enjoy them,” the delegation wrote to Haaland. “However, because the federal government already owns and controls nearly half of Wyoming’s lands, we question the BLM’s need to purchase and acquire vast amounts of additional lands in our state — especially if such acquisitions are not accompanied by equivalent federal land disposals.”

The BLM earlier this month announced the purchase of 35,000 acres of private land spanning the two counties. The purchase was intended to provide “endless” recreational opportunities for Wyoming residents and visitors alike, a BLM spokesman previously told Cowboy State Daily, by opening access to public lands that may have been blocked in the past.

But the delegates called on Haaland to “neutralize” the expansion of the “federal footprint” by identifying other lands available for exchange, trade or purchase elsewhere in the state. They also called for the reinstatement of a previous DOI policy requiring local and state support before the federal government can acquire more land.  

The three also said they were “troubled” there appeared to have been no coordination or communication between BLM and state and local officials prior to the purchase and acquisition and no notice was given prior to the June 2 announcement of the purchase.

They argued that private landowners and local officials were the best stewards for lands within Wyoming.

“While federally-owned lands can offer opportunities such as recreation, tourism, and wildlife habitat, they can also yield costly drawbacks,” Barrasso, Lummis and Cheney wrote. “For instance, when the federal government owns land in a county, the county cannot collect property tax on that acreage and such losses need to be offset by additional federal spending…

“In addition, in spite of major recent investments, federal land management agencies continue to struggle to adequately address significant maintenance needs,” the letter continued. “Federal ownership of land has not, and never will be, equivalent to conservation. [We] would urge both the (Interior) Department and the Bureau to make decisions based upon what’s best for the land, not what might be in the Administration’s political interests.”

Last week, Gordon said while he supported the BLM’s stated goal of expanding public access of the land for hunters and anglers and the rights of private landowners to sell their property, he also had concerns about the process followed to achieve the purchase.

The nonprofit Land and Water Conservation Fund funded the purchase of the 35,670-acre Marton family ranch, which stretches through Natrona and Carbon counties, bureau spokesman Tyson Finnicum previously told Cowboy State Daily.

The private land is located about 25 miles southwest of Casper, just east of the Alcova Reservoir and stretches from the North Platte River south into Carbon County.

Finnicum said the money to purchase the land came from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which gave a $21 million appropriation last year to purchase the Marton ranch in its entirety.

He added that the LWCF is largely funded by offshore oil and gas revenue.

“Money from the LWCF goes to a variety of programs to support recreation and conservation, from building city parks, to protecting historic and cultural sites, to providing public access to rivers and lakes,” Finnicum said.

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Cody Firefighter’s Widow Endorses Cheney In Commercial; “She Doesn’t Back Down,” Widow Says

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By Leo Wolfson, Cowboy State Daily

Despite the slow churn of government bureaucracy, Cody woman Michelle Hart has reason to be optimistic about the federal legislation developed in honor of her firefighter husband.

Hart is the widow of wildland firefighter Tim Hart, who passed away while fighting a fire in New Mexico the spring of 2021. In her late husband’s honor, Hart helped craft federal legislation known as “Tim’s Act,” in 2021, a bill that, if passed, would give better pay and other benefits to wildland firefighters.

Although the bill hasn’t made any visible progress since last November, Hart said there have been countless conversations taking place behind the scenes promoting the bill and its purpose.

“We’re making sure what we can put in place is a real fix,” Hart said.

In a commercial released Thursday morning, Hart issued an endorsement for U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, who she said has worked with her on and supported the legislation.

“I know Liz on a personal level and she’s an amazing woman,” Hart told Cowboy State Daily. “The way she speaks, she doesn’t back down. I couldn’t think about endorsing anyone else.”



Cheney is seeking election to a fourth term as Wyoming’s representative and faces several challengers in the GOP primary for the office, including Harriet Hageman and military veteran Denton Knapp.

Hart met with Cheney in Washington, D.C., just weeks after her husband died as the result of injuries he suffered while parachuting in to a New Mexico wildfire. 

Hart said Cheney was genuinely shocked when Hart told her the harsh conditions wildland firefighters work under.

“She really wanted to do something about that. Those words were followed up by action,” Hart said in the commercial.

Cheney is one of 13 cosponsors on the bill and the only Republican. 

“For Liz to step up made me so happy,” Hart said. “We had an allegiance from there on.”

The bipartisan legislation aims to implement reforms many in the firefighting community say are sorely needed to support their workforce, a group of emergency responders often sidelined because of their seasonal work cycles and whose firefighting seasons are being stretched longer and longer due to more frequent firefighters.

“Really putting pressure on these legislators to be able to do something to fix these issues that are really critical to public safety,” Hart said in the commercial. “I look forward to getting to work with (Cheney) until these issues are resolved and I know I have her commitment in doing that.”

Under President Joe Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed last November, these firefighters were set to receive an increase in annual pay of $20,000 or 50 percent of their base pay, whichever is less. 

Hart called this piece of the legislation “a huge win” that she helped indirectly influence. 

The problem is that this raise is only a one-time supplement scheduled to last for only two years. If this supplementary salary is adjusted at some point in the next two years, firefighters will face a cut in their pay, which will have the largest impact on new firefighters starting their jobs under the higher rate.

The money was supposed to be doled out in May, but Hart said the uncertain future is causing hesitation within the U.S. Forest Service Office. 

She said this department and the powerful Office of Personnel Management are working on a way to raise base salaries or revert to an old pay scale used decades ago so that there is no drop in pay two years from now. Hart said many in the firefighting community oppose reverting to the old pay scale.

Hart said members of the wildland firefighter community are “incredibly frustrated” with the pay raise delay.

“All these firefighters thought they were going to get raises,” Hart said. “They’re already having a hard time getting them to come back each year, morale is already bad.”

U.S. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore took questions from U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources last week on the topic.

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso made an impassioned plea for Moore to do something to get the raises in place.

“Years of low pay, a host of other issues, have significantly depleted the federal firefighting workforce,” Barrasso said. “As the wildfire season gets longer and more intense by the year, we simply can’t afford to do without these brave defenders of our forest and surrounding communities.”

Sen. Angus King, D-Maine, was less polite.

“Eisenhower retook Europe in 11 months?” King said. “You can’t do a pay raise in seven months? Come on.”

Moore said the goal is for the pay raise to be disbursed by the end of June. 

Moore told the committee he has 10,184 firefighters on board for this season, a number he said is not enough to effectively slow the spread of a very large, “catastrophic” fire.

Forest firefighters leave their families for weeks on end, often working 16-hour shifts in extreme and hazardous conditions and sleeping on the ground. 

According to Grassroots Wildland Firefighters, recent studies showed firefighters commit suicide at a rate 30 times higher than the national average and have a 30% higher risk for cardiovascular diseases and a 43% increased risk for lung cancer. 

On the bright side, changes brought on by the Forest Service and OPM discussions could achieve individual pieces of the Tim’s Act legislation, which centers around increasing pay and classification benefits for wildland firefighters.

“I would love to see OPM do it the right way,” Hart said.

If passed, Tim’s Act would raise federal wildland firefighter pay to at least $20 an hour, increase annual pay to at least $20,000 per season and provide health care and mental health services to temporary and permanent wildland firefighters, among other benefits.

Hart said the introduction of Tim’s Act alone has sparked valuable conversations that will pave the way for improved wildland firefighter benefits, regardless of whether the legislation passes.

“It’s about building a coalition and strategy for needed reforms,” she said.

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Cheney: Trump Campaign Knew There Was No Legitimate Argument To Overturn Election

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By Leo Wolfson, political reporter
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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Monday laid out evidence she said showed initial efforts taken by former President Donald Trump to convince Americans the presidential election of 2020 was stolen from him by overwhelming fraud. 

Cheney, continuing her prominent role on the U.S. House committee hearing into the facts surrounding the U.S. Capitol riot of Jan. 6, 2021, said Trump refused to acknowledge the fact that many of the votes cast for the winner of the race, President Joe Biden, were sent by mail.

“The President understood even before the election that many more Biden voters had voted by mail – because President Trump ignored the advice of his campaign experts and told his supporters only to vote in person,” Cheney said. “Donald Trump knew before the election that the counting of those mail-in ballots in several states would not begin until late in the day and would not be complete for multiple days.

“This was expected, reported, and widely known,” she added.

Cheney’s comments came during the second public hearing held by the committee, which featured testimony from several federal officials and people close to the Trump re-election campaign.

Bill Stepien, final chairman of Trump’s reelection campaign, explained over video testimony that he informed Trump that absentee and mail-ballots still had to be counted after the polls had closed on election night. He said these explanations were not accepted by Trump, who later considered these ballots fraudulent. 

Stepien, now an advisor to the U.S. House campaign of Harriet Hageman, said he discouraged Trump from telling voters to only vote on election day but Trump did not accept this advice. 

Several former Trump team members, including those who echoed his claims that the election was stolen, testified against him on Monday.

Sidney Powell, a former Trump attorney who worked on his behalf to overturn the election, said “no reasonable person” would conclude that her statements made to support these efforts were “statements of facts.”

Former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr said he never believed that the election had been affected by fraud.

“My opinion then and my opinion now is that the election was not stolen by fraud,” he told the committee.

Jeff Rosen, former acting attorney general under Trump, gave the committee a long list of unsupported claims communicated to him by Trump on how the election was rigged, including claims of suitcases and trucks filled with loads of ballots, double voting and voting by dead people.

Cheney said the testimony proved that even before the attack on the Capitol, there was no basis in fact for the claims the election was stolen.

“The Trump campaign legal team knew there was no legitimate argument – fraud, irregularities, or anything – to overturn the election,” she said. “And yet, President Trump went ahead with his plans for Jan. 6 anyway.”

Cheney said a federal court has found numerous credible sources to confirm the committee’s conclusion that there was no evidence of election fraud sufficient to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

“The Court’s opinion methodically documents each of the principal reasons for that conclusion, and I would urge all those watching to read it,” Cheney said. 

Twenty-two federal judges appointed by Trump and 24 state judges appointed by Republicans rejected claims Trump’s team made in court about voter fraud. 

Cheney said that Trump’s supporters are the only people currently paying the price for supporting the former president’s claims the election was stolen. She mentioned that people who attended the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol are on trial and in jail because they believed what Trump told them, even though Trump was told by his campaign and cabinet officials that he lost.

The committee also reported on Trump’s efforts to raise money with his claims of voter fraud, saying he had received $250 million in donations.

Cheney took a smaller role in the hearing than she did during the first day of hearings on Thursday, as U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, spoke for most of the hearing.

After her initial introductory comments, Cheney did not speak again until near the haring’s end. Then, she offered a preview of the next hearing, scheduled for Wednesday, by introducing a video clip of White House lawyer Eric Herschmann. 

In that clip, Herschmann said he reprimanded John Eastman, a lawyer advocating for the former president to keep fighting the election results.

“We have much more evidence to show the American people on this point than we can reasonably show in one hearing,” Cheney said.

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Cheney Takes Center Stage In Prime Time January 6 Hearing

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By Leo Wolfson, political reporter
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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney began her part of the primetime Jan. 6 committee hearing Thursday night by saying former President Trump “lit the flame”  and “summoned the mob” to the Capitol.

Cheney, vice chair of the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, took center stage after an opening statement from Mississippi Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson.  She started her presentation by reading a statement former President Donald Trump made in the hours following the Jan. 6 riot. In his Twitter post, Trump said, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly and unfairly treated for so long.” 

“On this point, there is no room for debate,” Cheney said later in her opening remarks. “Those who invaded our Capitol and battled law enforcement for hours were motivated by what President Trump had told them: that the election was stolen, and that he was the rightful President. President Trump summoned the mob, assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack.”

Trump doubled down on his position Thursday morning, describing Jan. 6 as “The greatest movement in our country to Make America Great Again,” in a social media post.

 “Over multiple months, Donald Trump oversaw and coordinated a sophisticated seven-part plan to overturn the presidential election and prevent the transfer of presidential power,” Cheney said. “In our hearings, you will see evidence of each element of this plan.”

 Cheney laid out a preview for what the public can expect over the course of the seven June hearings the Committee plans to hold. Thursday’s hearing centered on an overview of the major moments on Jan. 6.  The committee heard testimony from Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards and British filmmaker Nick Questad, who provided the committee footage of the event.

Cheney talked the audience through five video clips showing interviews with former members of Trump’s staff.  They spoke on Trump’s attempts to overthrow the results of the election and how he was advised against doing so.

“In our hearings, you will hear first-hand how the senior leadership of the Department of Justice threatened to resign, how the White House Counsel threatened to resign, and how they confronted Donald Trump and Jeff Clark in the Oval Office,” Cheney said. “The men involved, including Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen and Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue,  were appointed by President Trump. These men honored their oaths of office. They did their duty, and you will hear from them in our hearings.”

Cheney said the testimony of Trump’s staff proves he knows the election wasn’t stolen or rigged. She also had a message for her Republican colleagues who have defended Trump after the attack.

“Tonight, I say this to my Republican colleagues who are defending the indefensible- there will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain,” she said.

Her congressional opponent Harriet Hageman has opposed the Jan. 6 Committee, describing it as a “witch hunt.” Trump has endorsed Hageman in her campaign against Cheney.

Some detractors of the committee like Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters have laid the groundwork for conspiracy theories that the FBI and Capitol Police instigated or even organized the Jan. 6 events. No information related to the FBI was mentioned on Thursday.  

Cheney introduced a video with footage provided by Quested, showing what led up to Edwards getting knocked over and injured during the riot when a bike rack was pushed on top of her. Edwards hit her head on a concrete stair and lost consciousness. Once she came to, she got up and continued trying to hold the crowd back.

“It felt like they kept coming at us,” she said.

 Later in the day, she was sprayed with tear gas. Edwards expressed memories of a scene of “carnage” and “chaos” to the committee, involving “hours of hand-to-hand combat,” much more than any training had ever prepared her for.

“We understand how important your service is,” Cheney said to Edwards. “Thank you.”

Cheney said she and other members of Congress hid out under the building while law enforcement was outside.

The Committee presented testimony alleging members of the Oath Keepers had an organized plan for how they would breach the Capitol on Jan. 6. Once entering the building, members of the organization sought out Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) but were unable to find her. Members of the group infiltrated many areas within the Capitol including the Senate chambers, causing damage, and inciting more violence.

Cheney said the second hearing will involve evidence showing Trump and advisors knew he had legitimately lost the election, yet still engaged to spread misinformation. The third hearing, she said, will involve specific conversations where Trump is told he cannot overthrow the election, and the resignations and terminations that took place within his cabinet as a result. The fourth hearing will focus on former Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s alleged efforts to pressure him not to count electoral votes on January 6.  

 The final three hearings will focus on Trump’s effort to pressure officials from certain states to question the results of the election and involvement he allegedly had on influencing the mob that marched on and breached the Capitol. 

 “As Americans, we all have a duty to ensure what happened on January 6th never happens again, to set aside partisan battles to stand together to perpetuate and preserve our great Republic,” Cheney said, finishing off her presentation.

 The event was televised live on most major television networks, but not Fox News.  The next hearing is at 10 a.m. Monday.

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Gun Group Endorses Hageman Over Cheney

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By Leo Wolfson, political reporter
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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney voted Wednesday night against a gun control package that includes a ban on the sale of semiautomatic weapons to people under the age of 21 and ban of large-capacity magazines. Second Amendment group, Gun Owners of America (GOA), still endorsed her opponent Harriet Hageman on Thursday morning.

“Hageman earned GOA’s support because of a 100% score on our Second Amendment rights survey and her long history of standing against federal overreach through her work as a constitutional attorney,” Mark Jones, GOA National Director of Hunter’s Programs and a Wyoming resident, said in a press release.

In the press release, Hageman complained about Cheney’s alleged failure to represent Wyoming and her focus “on her personal war on President Donald Trump and working for Nancy Pelosi on the illegitimate January 6th Committee.”

But Jones told Cowboy State Daily on Thursday these actions did not factor into the group’s endorsement of Hageman.

“It did not factor into the equation,” he said.

A Cheney spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

Although Cheney carried a 92% voting record with the National Rifle Association and 100% record with the National Shooting Sports Foundation in 2020, Cheney earned a 69% rating with GOA in 2021 and 2020. Hageman has no legislative votes to grade, but GOA reported she earned a 100% on the group’s Second Amendment survey. 

Jones said his organization has never endorsed Cheney.  He cited her vote on a military funding bill that the organization said contained allowances for red flag law gun confiscations, and in 2018, a vote for an omnibus bill the group said allowed for hundreds of people to be added to background check lists for past infractions as minor as speeding. 

“A lot of its procedural stuff but we expect our party members to set an example and stand up for the Second Amendment,” Jones said.

On Thursday morning, Cheney also voted against a federal red flag bill. The bill passed through the House on a 224-202 vote.

In her statement expressing gratitude for the endorsement, Hageman did not comment on Cheney’s gun record.

“By doing Nancy Pelosi’s political dirty work on the January 6th Committee, Liz Cheney has entered a partnership with the very people who are trying to strip these rights away,” Hageman said.

“She has completely lost the respect and trust of Republicans in Congress, and the Democrats will discard her as soon as she’s no longer useful, so she can never be effective for Wyoming again. When I am the next congresswoman from Wyoming, I will fight against government intrusion and defend all the God-given rights we’re born with as free people under our Constitution.” 


*A version of this story published on Cowboy State Daily on June 9 erroneously reported that Gun Owners of America endorsed Harriet Hageman because of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney’s statements against former President Donald Trump.
In fact, Gun Owners of America said its endorsement was based entirely on Hageman’s score of 100% on the group’s Second Amendment rights survey.
The error was the result of a misreading of a news release, which also led to the writing of an inaccurate headline.

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Cheney Prepares For Prime-Time January 6 Hearing

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When U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney appears on primetime television on Thursday night as part of the House Select Committee investigation of the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, it will be one of the most prominent roles a member of the Wyoming congressional delegation has ever played in such a high-profile legislative hearing. 

Cheney is vice chair of the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack. The purpose of the committee is to investigate and report facts and causes relating to the Capital riot, its interference in the certification of the election, and law enforcement’s response to the event.

New Political World

In an interview with CBS News on Sunday, Cheney described the conspiracy that led up to the Jan. 6 event as “extremely broad” and “well-organized.” She also finds its root causes to be “ongoing.”

“We are not in a situation where former President Trump has expressed any sense of remorse about what happened,” Cheney said. “We are in fact in a situation where he continues to use even more extreme language, frankly, than the language that caused the attack. And so, people must pay attention. People must watch, and they must understand how easily our democratic system can unravel if we don’t defend it.”

Frank Eathorne, chairman of the Wyoming Republican Party, attended the Jan. 6 event. New information recently surfaced disputing his location and the length of time he spent at the protest. Eathorne described the event as “moving” when talking about it to the party’s State Central Committee in January.

 “In my state, the state party chairman is a member of the Oath Keepers,” Cheney said during the interview.  “He was here on January 6. He was here with a walkie-talkie in his hand on January 6. That is a mortal threat. And it is a moral test. We can’t fail that moral test. But there are too many right now in my party who are failing it.”

Downplayed Significance

Trump has consistently downplayed the significance of the Jan. 6 event and so have his supporters, with some expressing conspiracy theories about the event contrary to the mainstream narrative. During a May 28 speech in Casper, Trump referred to Jan. 6 as “the insurrection hoax.” 

“As one of the leading proponents of the insurrection hoax, Liz Cheney has pushed a grotesquely false, fabricated, hysterical, partisan narrative, and that was the narrative of the day,” he said.

Cheney’s opponent Harriet Hageman has been vaguer on the topic of Jan. 6, saying she is unsure what happened that day, but described the Jan. 6 committee as a witch hunt.

At least one of her supporters agree.

“I hate to break it to you, but most of us feel like it was a peaceful protest that was set-up by our own federal government to look like a coup,” said Cara Peterson, a Johnson County Republican Committeewoman, in an email discussing Eathorne’s presence at the event. “Trying to discredit Frank Eathorne by scarily alluding to mysterious January 6th activities just makes you look like a hated liberal Biden-ite.”

Defending Democracy

How much Trump is brought up during the committee meeting is yet to be seen. He has not been connected to any formal planning of the Jan. 6 protests, but in March, the select committee said it had evidence that Trump and allies engaged in a “criminal conspiracy” by trying to block Congress from certifying the election.

Cheney said she sees her role on the committee as a matter of defending democracy and holding people responsible for their attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. For her actions, Cheney has lost ties with many congressional members of the Republican Party and her constituent base. She also lost her post in the House Republican leadership.

“We have too many people now in the Republican Party who are not taking their responsibilities seriously, and who have pledged their allegiance and loyalty to Donald Trump,” Cheney said. “I mean, it is fundamentally antithetical, it is contrary to everything conservatives believe, to embrace a personality cult. And yet, that is what so many in my party are doing today.”

The committee issued a subpoena to Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) but he is refusing to testify. He recently received a formal endorsement from Trump in his reelection campaign.

Fear

In her interview with CBS, Cheney said it’s McCarthy’s fear of blowback that is leading him to defend Trump.

“I think some of it is fear,” Cheney replied. “I think it’s also craven political calculation. I think that he has decided that, you know, the most important thing to him is to attempt to be Speaker of the House. And therefore, he is embracing those in our party who are anti-Semitic; he is embracing those in our party who are white nationalists; he is lying about what happened on January 6; and he’s turned his back on the Constitution.”

In a Jan. 13, 2021 speech, McCarthy said, “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.” 

Later, McCarthy opposed the formation of the commission to investigate Jan. 6. He subsequently attacked the committee and stripped Cheney of her position. McCarthy referred to the committee as “political theater” on Tuesday.

Prime-Time

The event is being broadcast nationally at 6 p.m. Thursday, a contrast to the typical daytime slot when most hearings usually take place.

During the interview, Cheney said she routinely receives guidance from her father and former Vice President Dick Cheney. She also brought up her great-great-grandfather Samuel Fletcher Cheney, who fought for the Union Army in the Civil War, as a point of inspiration to her commitment to the country.

“We are absolutely in a moment where we have to make a decision about whether we’re gonna put our love of this country above partisanship. And, to me, there’s just no gray area in that question.

“Every American should be able to say, ‘We love our country more.'”

Cheney was one of only 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for allegedly inciting the deadly riot at the Capitol in January, when Congress voted to certify the election. She is one of just two Republicans who has chosen to serve on the House’s January 6 Committee.

The Jan. 6 investigation has involved thousands of witness interviews and document analysis, including communications made by members of the Trump administration, senior Republicans in Congress, and outside organizers of the protest.

Spotlight

It’s not the first time a Wyoming lawmaker has been in a spotlight like this however. Former Sen. Al Simpson gained national attention for his interrogation of Anita Hill in the 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Clarence Thomas.

Former Wyoming Governor Stan Hathaway also was put in the national spotlight.

Jack Speight, who worked as chief of staff and as attorney for Hathaway, remembers clearly the well-publicized spectacle Hathaway underwent during his confirmation hearing to be U.S. Secretary of the Interior under former President Gerald Ford. Hathaway’s appointment was highly contentious as many environmental groups rallied against him, creating what at the time was the second longest confirmation process in history at 71 days. 

“The Democrats told the Senate not to accept him,” Speight said.

Hathaway would step down from the position less than two months after taking it due to health reasons.

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Tribal Leader Endorses Cheney Over Fellow Tribal Member

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An Arapaho tribal official last week endorsed Rep. Liz Cheney for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House Seat, passing over his fellow tribal member who is also vying for the position.  

“I am proud to endorse Liz Cheney for Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives,” said Lee Spoonhunter, Northern Arapaho Business Council member, in a June 1 Facebook post. “I have firsthand knowledge of Liz’s commitment and actions to our Northern Arapaho people.” 

A Republican incumbent, Cheney faces a crowded pool in her party’s race in the Aug. 16 primary election. The Republican field includes Cheyenne attorney Harriet Hageman, Sheridan businesswoman Robyn Belinskey, retired Army Colonel Denton Knapp, and State Sen. Anthony Bouchard.  

Democrat Lynnette Grey Bull, an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, is also running for the U.S. House. She faces Meghan Jensen of Rock Springs and Steve Helling, an attorney, in the primary.   

‘Tribe Has Called Upon Her’ 

Spoonhunter, who formerly held positions of tribal chairman and co-chairman, said Cheney has “embodied” the qualities of selflessness and cooperation, “which are valued by our people.”  

“Every time the Northern Arapaho Tribe has called upon her, she has delivered on our requests, which strengthen(s) my trust in her,” said Spoonhunter, adding that indigenous people have been let down by the government “too many times” in the past.  

“Her strong commitment to the needs of our tribe as well as the people of Wyoming is unmatched,” Spoonhunter said, adding “Natives ride for the brand!” 

Cheney responded in kind.  

“Deeply honored and moved by Chairman Spoonhunter’s comments,” Cheney shared on her campaign Facebook page, with a link to the council member’s announcement.  

“It’s been a privilege to work with the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Tribes, and I’m absolutely committed to ensuring they have a seat at the table and their voice is heard in Congress. I appreciate his support and want to thank him for all the work that he does,” she said. 

Cheney’s office by Monday morning did not respond to a request for additional comment. Spoonhunter, likewise, declined to comment beyond his Facebook post.  

Spoonhunter is not registered to vote and also did not register in 2018 or 2020, according to the Fremont County Clerk’s office.  

There were more than 500 responses to the post via the Cheney campaign’s Facebook page on Monday. Many of the comments debated Cheney’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.  

‘People of Wind River’ 

Addressing the endorsement, Grey Bull told Cowboy State Daily in an email that indigenous people as a whole and members of the same tribe can’t be expected to be “homogenous” on politics or anything else.  

“We have our different priorities, personalities, opinions and politics,” she said. “Those differences are essential and beautiful.”  

Despite Spoonhunter’s announcement, Grey Bull said she has “huge love and respect for councilman Lee Spoonhunter and his family” and cares for them “deeply.” 

“I admire the work Lee has done for our community, including his work with Representative Cheney,” she said.  

She emphasized that whatever the outcome of the race, officials and tribal members should “work together, including across our political disagreements” to develop programs on the reservation such as crisis shelters and veterans’ support.  

Grey Bull’s campaign team believes it would be a “costly mistake to not run a candidate in this election,” she said. “It would hurt Indigenous people of Wind River, it would weaken the Wyoming Democratic Party, and it would cede power to a party that has failed to take care of ordinary working families in Wyoming. 

“So we’re pushing ahead with this campaign and we invite like-minded folks to join us.”  

Grey Bull said some priorities of her campaign include Wyoming’s energy and environment, providing health insurance to all state residents, expanding programs for missing and murdered indigenous women and children and veterans’ care.  

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Long Crowd Lining Up For Trump Rally in Casper, Wyoming On Saturday

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Saturday is the day for big Donald Trump rally in Casper and lines started forming before 6 a.m.

This is the day the former president christens the campaign of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney challenger Harriet Hageman.

Ever since Cheney spoke out against the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and went on to vote for Trump’s impeachment, the former president marked Cheney as public enemy number one.

Trump then sought to back the horse that could pull the equivalent of a Rich Strike win at the Kentucky Derby. After all, the thought of beating Liz Cheney, at one point, was considered an impossibility. She was a lock.

No longer. Now it’s a race. Now, it’s Saturday. And the big orange tank will be on the battlefield soon.

And although the actual Trump part of it is just a portion of the show (maybe an hour or a little bit longer), the rally is a whole-day affair.

Doors will open to the Casper Events Center (now known as the Ford Wyoming Center) at 11 a.m. and entertainment is slated to begin at 1 p.m.


Video by Cowboy State Daily’s Bill Sniffin

The former president should appear at 4 p.m. Sometimes he’s late. Sometimes he’s early.

The events center holds 9,700 people and is expected to be packed.  If it is and some patrons can’t get in to hear the presentations, they will be fed to large screens outside the events center as well.

And for those at home, it will be streamed on YouTube.

As for the speakers, there are some considered heavyweights for the portion of the Republican Party that Trump controls, including U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, and Lauren Boebert, R-Colorado.  

Georgia’s Marjorie Taylor-Greene is not in the lineup.  But Donald Trump Jr. is expected to attend and speak as well.

As for the Wyoming speakers, participants can look forward to hearing from Wyoming Republican Chairman Frank Eathorne who has been in Wyoming news frequently over the last two weeks.

Party activist David Iverson is also expected to speak, as is Wyoming state Sen. Cheri Steinmetz, R-Lingle, Reps. John Bear, R-Gillette and Chip Neiman, R-Hulett, and former legislator Marti Halverson.

Bear and Neiman are used to speaking together as the two hosted a daily legislative recap on Facebook.  Bear, the more forceful of the two speakers, is more like an Al Michaels where Neiman is a quieter Chris Collinsworth.

And the big Wyoming speaker, of course, is Harriet Hageman who, as a trial attorney, knows how to deliver a good speech.

There will be video addresses by such notables as U.S. House Minority Speaker Kevin McCarthy, GOP House Chair Elise Stefanik, and Rep. Jim Jordan R-Ohio.

As for the music that will be played before, between and after the speakers, it’s a variety mainly of classic rock.

Patrons are likely to hear songs by The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Tom Petty, The Who, AC/DC, Bachman Turner, Overdrive, Phil Collins, and Aerosmith.

There’s some more poppier music that is likely to be played too from artists such as Celine Dion, Tina Turner, Village People, Lee Greenwood, Backstreet Boys, and Lionel Richie.

But this is Wyoming. Perhaps more of a country mix is in store. Will Chris LeDoux’s songs make an appearance?

Will the rally move the needle?  Unknown.  You would’t think anyone going to the rally would be on the fence in this contest.  So for the actual attendees, not likely.

But the subsequent coverage after the event could make an impact.  After all, the advertisements from the rally could be the most useful for Hageman.

But those advertisements aren’t going to go unanswered, of course.  Cheney’s war chest is vast and few are better in a knife fight than Liz.  She ain’t going quietly in the night.

It’s a Battle Royale and for political junkies, it’s a three month very loud, likely-obnoxious chess match. The election really kicks off on Saturday. This is where it begins. 

Jimmy Orr is the editor and co-founder of Cowboy State Daily.

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Cheney Finally Files As House Candidate; Hageman Files Hours Earlier

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By Leo Wolfson, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Thursday officially filed the necessary paperwork with the secretary of state’s office declaring her intention to seek re-election to the U.S. House. 

Cheney made her filing public in a video she posted on YouTube Thursday afternoon. 

With patriotic music playing loudly in the background and a display of various scenes from Wyoming and of herself, the video reinforced her references to the “Code of the West.”

“If we set aside our founding principles for the politics of the moment, the miracle of our constitutional republic will slip away,” she said in the video. “We must not let that happen.”

In the video, Cheney referenced her sense of moral responsibility, saying she won’t “surrender to pressure or intimidation,” referencing “The Code of the West.” 

According to a spokesman for Cheney, the video was recorded in Cheyenne and produced by a Casper-based video production company.

Last year, Cheney spoke out against former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election results and voted for his impeachment on allegations he helped instigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attacks. 

In the video, Cheney asked the viewers “to reject the lies, to rise above the toxic politics, to defend our freedom, to do what we all know is right.”

“In Wyoming, we know what it means to ride for the brand,” she said. “Our brand is the United States Constitution.”

Cheney also mentioned her family’s long history in Wyoming, dating back to 1852. Her grandmother Edna Cheney was the first woman to serve as deputy sheriff in Natrona County.

“I am proud and grateful beyond measure to my parents, my grandparents, my great-grandparents, and all the men and women of courage and grit who came West seeking freedom and who have built and have served our great state,” she said. “Serving as Wyoming’s congresswoman is the highest honor in my professional life. 

Cheney moved to Jackson from Virginia in 2012 and challenged the late U.S. Sen Mike Enzi in his re-election bid.

Cheney said there is still much work to be done in Congress and asked voters to look to the future when casting their votes in the Aug. 16 primary. 

“Some things have to matter,” she said. “American freedom, the rule of law, our founding principles, the foundations of our Republic matter. What we do in this election in Wyoming matters.”

Cheney’s announcement comes just hours after her leading opponent, Harriet Hageman, filed her intentions to run. Both candidates waited until less than 48 hours remained in the filing period to finalize their intentions.

The delay in Cheney’s official filing should not be seen as too significant, according to former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal.

“In U.S. House and Senate races it’s not uncommon to wait and see who files,” Freudenthal told Cowboy State Daily.

Hageman has been endorsed by Trump and will join him for a rally in Casper on Saturday.

Shortly after Cheney’s announcement, Hageman released from a poll commissioned by her campaign which shows 62% the 346 Wyoming voters questioned have a very unfavorable opinion of Cheney.

The survey, with a margin of error of 5.26%, also showed that 76% of Republicans questioned have a very unfavorable opinion of Cheney.

The survey conducted through phone calls and the internet was spearheaded by Brock McCleary of Cygnal, a pollster who previously worked on the 2020 Trump reelection campaign.

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Hageman Finally Files For Congress; Still No Cheney

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Harriet Hageman on Thursday formally filed as a candidate to challenge U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in the GOP primary for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat.

Hageman, who filed her papers with the secretary of state’s office, is taking on incumbent U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, who still had not filed as a candidate for a fourth term in office as of Thursday morning.

Deadline for the filing is now less than 36 hours away, at 5 p.m. Friday.

The delay in Cheney’s official filing should not be seen as too significant, according to former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal.

“In U.S. House and Senate races it’s not uncommon to wait and see who files,” Freudenthal told Cowboy State Daily.

Hageman and Cheney each announced their intentions to run for reelection many months ago.

Freudenthal said he never looked at the timing of his filing as a strategic move in his political campaigns, as he usually already knew who was going to run against him.

“It’s like lawyers, they have a certain time to file things by; as long as they do it by the deadline then that’s all that matters,” he said.

In her press release announcing the filing, Hageman said she has already traveled more than 23,000 miles throughout Wyoming meeting with voters and holding public town halls. Hageman is a land and water attorney who grew up in Fort Laramie.

“I’ve been fighting for the constitutional rights of the people of Wyoming in my professional career and it’s a battle I’ll continue to fight in Congress,” Hageman said in the press release. “We only get one member of the House in Wyoming, and we have to get it right. The people deserve a congresswoman who represents the ideals and values of our great state.” 

Cheney, now in her third term, has put herself at odds with former President Donald Trump and most of the establishment forces in the Republican Party. She and Trump have traded barbs since she voted for his impeachment in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021. attack on the Capitol.

Hageman has been endorsed by Trump and will join him for a rally in Casper on Saturday.

Earlier this week, Cheney announced she has COVID-19, which likely will eliminate any opportunity for in-person campaigning during the long holiday weekend.

Hageman said if elected, she will “fight against federal government overreach and protect property rights, water rights, and 2nd Amendment rights, among other priorities.” She also claims she will keep taxes low, support Wyoming’s energy industries and will oppose “endless foreign wars.”

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Liz Cheney Tests Positive For COVID-19

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Wednesday has tested positive for the Covid virus, she announced Wednesday morning.

“While I am fully vaccinated and boosted, I received a positive test result for COVID-19 early Wednesday morning,” Cheney said. “I am currently experiencing mild symptoms and will follow the CDC’s guidance as I continue to work on behalf of the people of Wyoming.

“I continue to pray for the people of Uvalde, Texas, especially the mothers and fathers who have lost their little children in this horrific attack,” she continued.

As of Wednesday morning, only Anthony Bouchard had formally filed as a candidate in the GOP primary for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House race.

Although Cheney has announced she’s running for re-election, she has yet to file. Nor has Cheyenne attorney Harriet Hageman. Trump is expected to reiterate that support during a rally with Hageman in Casper on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Cheney’s campaign is preparing for the rally with Trump by buying billboards “welcoming” the former president to the community.

The billboards either take a slap at competitor Harriet Hageman by reminding voters of Hageman’s endorsement of Cheney or of Hageman’s denouncement of Trump’s campaign when she called him a “racist.”

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Cheney Billboards Welcome Attendees to Casper Trump Rally

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A trio of satirical billboards attacking a primary opponent to the re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney has gone up in Casper just days before a scheduled appearance by former President Donald Trump.

The billboards mostly address the prior support of Harriet Hageman for Cheney and her opposition to Trump, themes referenced during the campaign before, but never as pointedly or publicly. 

One billboard shows Cheney and Hageman standing together and quotes Hageman’s 2016 statement where she described Cheney as a “proven, courageous, constitutional conservative,” a remark she made while stumping for the congresswoman in 2016. 

The quote is followed by the words “Thanks Harriet!” in response.



Hageman, who won Trump’s endorsement for her Republican primary race against Cheney, worked for Cheney as an unpaid adviser during her short-lived 2014 Senate campaign.

In the same endorsement speech she gave for Cheney, Hageman rebuked Trump, referencing with displeasure the remark he made to GOP leaders in 2016 after becoming the presumptive presidential nominee to “sit down and shut up.”

A second Cheney billboard references a quote Hagemen gave to the New York Times in 2016, when she called Trump “the weakest” candidate in the 2016 Republican primary, as well as labeling him “racist and xenophobic.” 

A Cheney response to this quote is printed as well, with the words “Ouch. That hurts” appearing next to Hageman’s comments.

A third billboard is directed at Trump supporters expected to visit Casper on Saturday for a rally with Trump and Hageman. 

With a header reading “From the Desk of Liz Cheney,” the congresswoman welcomes those traveling to town for the rally and encourages them to “Support our local businesses and spend lots of $$$!”



Cary Miller, Hageman campaign manager, said Hageman’s comments quoted on the billboards were taken from a period when she both supported Cheney and opposed Trump.

“Like most Wyomingites, Harriet Hageman originally supported Liz Cheney, and had questions about Donald Trump when he was a candidate,” Miller said. “Also like most Wyomingites, Harriet quickly came to regard President Trump as one of the best ever on the issues that are important here. At the same time, Liz Cheney went in the other direction. 

“Harriet Hageman is right where most voters are now: still supporting Donald Trump, and horrified at how Liz Cheney has become a political lackey for Nancy Pelosi,” she continued.

Hageman’s campaign has also been using billboards to urge people to vote against Cheney.

Cheney supported Trump during his 2016 run and reiterated her support for him after the release of his “Access Hollywood” recording in which he bragged about groping women. 

Although she voted with Trump more than almost any other member of Congress when he was president, she criticized his handling of certain foreign policy issues and vehemently opposed his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. This animosity reached a peak as she accused Trump of instigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. 

The billboards were welcomed by Rob Wallace, a chief of staff to the late U.S. Sen. Malcolm Wallop and former Gov. Jim Geringer.

“I’m glad to see her getting involved in such a public way,” said Wallace, who was also appointed by Trump to serve as a U.S. Department of Interior assistant secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Wallace said billboards don’t necessarily attract many swing or oppositional voters, but are effective tools for catching the attention of past and current supporters.

“In my past experience, billboards reinforce past supporters,” he said. “It shows them you’ve got your sleeves up and are in the game.”

Wallace said he also appreciated the “injection of humor” Cheney used, a contrast to the “sharp-elbowed tone” he had seen earlier in this race.

“It makes you smile a little bit,” he said.

Cheney is not the first to use humor during the race however. In March, Hageman released a spoof website called “Liz Cheney for Virginia.” 

The website, LizCheneyForVa.com, portrays Cheney as a Virginia resident who is working for the priorities of that state. According to web traffic analytic resource SEMrush.com, the spoof website received around 1,500 page views in April.

Cheney’s campaign has greatly outraised and outspent Hageman’s so far. Through March 31, Cheney’s campaign had raised $10.1 million and spent $3.5 million. Hageman’s has raised $2.06 million and spent $986,606, according to Federal Election Commission records. 

Until the release of these billboards, Cheney hadn’t released much advertising directly against Hageman, instead placing a focus on internet ads touting Cheney’s own campaign. 

Neither candidate has filed for office yet, now 12 days into the filing period, a surprising move considering both women have expressed their commitment to running in the high profile race. In contrast, Gov. Mark Gordon submitted his filing for re-election the moment the period opened on May 12. 

If the congressional race were to start today, longshot candidate Anthony Bouchard would be the only registered Republican running in the primary election.

“With the filing deadline on Friday, everything will ramp up from here on out,” Wallace said.

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Cheney Criticizes House GOP Leadership After Buffalo Shooting

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The racially motivated shooting in Buffalo, New York, that left 10 people dead is the result of extremist behavior enabled by Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives, said U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney.

Cheney blamed the Republican leadership for enabling views that were espoused by the shooter.

“The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism,” tweeted Cheney on Monday morning. “History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. @GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.”

Ten people were killed and three more injured in the attack in a “Tops” supermarket.

Before the attack, alleged perpetrator Paytron Gendron, 18, was accused of posting a racist tirade online, espousing admiration for gunmen guilty of mass shootings. He also allegedly expressed support for “replacement theory,” a conspiracy asserting white Americans are being replaced with immigrants or people of color.

The idea of American culture being replaced by cultures of foreign immigrants was discussed at the Wyoming GOP convention earlier this month, particularly during debate over whether English should become the nation’s official language.

Harriet Hageman, one of Cheney’s opponents in the Republican primary for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat, took exception to Cheney’s criticism.

“I don’t know what that gentleman did or what motivated him but I can assure you I had nothing to do with it,” Hageman said on KRAE radio Monday. “And all of the Republicans I know and work with had nothing to do with that, so for her to come out and attack fellow conservatives and Republicans for soundbites for Democrats isn’t what I want my representative in Wyoming to do, that isn’t furthering the America-first agenda.”

Hageman accused Cheney of failing to work with other members of the party and of only coordinating with Democrats.

In the interview Hageman criticized Republicans who she said were “consistently compromising” on core values and said she will not compromise with Democrats.

Hageman said Republicans are still “very united” as a party.

“I think that the party is very united, the party is very united in getting conservatives elected at the local level, state level, and the national level,” she said. 

Cheney has been a frequent critic of former President Donald Trump, voting to impeach him on allegations he urged rioters to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Cheney is vice chair of the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack, one of only two Republicans on this committee.

“The only time that Liz Cheney has reached across the aisle to work with Democrats is on the very things she should have never been reaching across the aisle on,” Hageman said.

Trump endorsed Hageman’s U.S. House campaign within hours of her announcement she would seek the office.

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Cheney Denies Leaking Tape Where Kevin McCarthy Called On Trump To Resign

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is denying accusations that she leaked audio featuring a top congressional Republican calling on former President Donald Trump to resign in the wake of the attack at the U.S. Capitol last year.

The audio was released on Thursday night and featured Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, venting his frustrations about the then-current president during a call with fellow Republicans. Cheney has denied knowledge of how the audio was leaked to reporters.

“The select committee (investigating the events of Jan. 6, 2021) has asked Kevin McCarthy to speak with us about these events but he has so far declined,” a spokesman for Cheney said. “Rep. Cheney did not record or leak the tape and does not know how the reporters got it.” 

In the call, McCarthy revealed to his colleagues that Trump took “some responsibility” regarding the U.S. Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021.

“Again, the only discussions I would have him is that I think this will pass, and it would be my recommendation you should resign,” he said. “I mean that would be my take, but I don’t think he would take it, but I don’t know.”

Cheney was one of the Republicans on the phone call with McCarthy at the time.

“I asked [Trump] personally today, does he hold responsibility for what happened?” McCarthy said in the audio. “Does he feel bad about what happened? He told me he does have some responsibility for what happened. And he needs to acknowledge that.”

McCarthy also said that Trump bore responsibility for his words and actions leading up to the riot.

Cheney has regularly butted heads with both Trump and McCarthy in the year since the attack. She was one of the few Republicans to vote for Trump’s impeachment after the attack, claiming he incited the riot.

Cheney was ultimately removed from her position as House Conference chair last year by McCarthy in response to her impeachment vote.

McCarthy was called on by multiple Republican officials earlier this year to remove both Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, from the House Republican Conference due to their positions on the committee investigating the incident. He did not do so.

Cheney has also received much backlash from Republicans because of her appointment to the committee, ultimately being censured by the Republican National Committee earlier this year. The Wyoming Republican Party has voted to no longer recognize the representative as a Republican due to her actions over the last year.

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Cheney Receives ‘Profile In Courage’ Award Alongside Ukrainian President

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney was one of five people named this week to receive the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s “Profile in Courage” award.

The library foundation announced Wednesday that the five individuals, who also include Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, will be honored May 29 “for their courage to protect and defend democracy in the United States and abroad.”

Cheney’s selection was hailed by a Wyoming legislator.

“When you pair her up with Volodymyr Zelenskyy, there’s clearly proof she’s standing on her own convictions and not just standing on the Republican platform and trying to stay in Trump’s favor like so many others are doing,” said state Rep. Landon Brown, R-Cheyenne.

Other Profile in Courage recipients are Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, an elections department worker from Georgia.

Cheney thanked the foundation for the honor on Thursday and reflected on words Kennedy delivered during his inaugural address in 1961, “In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger.”

“Today, we stand at another hour of maximum danger in the cause of freedom,” Cheney said. “The war between Russia and Ukraine is a battle of good vs. evil, freedom vs. tyranny. President Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people are teaching a new generation of Americans what our founding fathers learned first-hand: absolute and uncompromising courage in the face of tyranny.”

She added that Americans have also seen how fragile democratic institutions can be and have learned those institutions must be protected by every person in the nation.

“If we do not stand for truth, the rule of law and our Constitution, if we set aside our founding principles for the politics of the moment, the miracle of our constitutional republic will slip away,” Cheney said.

The foundation said Cheney was selected due to her willingness to stand up against former President Donald Trump’s false claims about the 2020 presidential election being “stolen” from him. Cheney voted to impeach Trump following the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and she has been heavily criticized for that vote in certain Republican circles ever since.

“Cheney received numerous death threats after casting her vote in favor of impeachment, and yet refused to take the politically expedient course that most of her party embraced,” the foundation said. “Because she would not remain silent or ignore the events of Jan. 6, Cheney’s congressional colleagues stripped her of her leadership position in the GOP caucus.”

Brown told Cowboy State Daily on Thursday that Cheney was more than deserving of this honor.

He added he believes Cheney’s selection for the award will boost her status both in Wyoming and nationally and help her win the Republican primary election in August. Some of her opponents include Cheyenne attorney Harriet Hageman and state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne.

However, he added he believed Cheney already has the race won.

“She’s clearly got the votes here,” Brown said. “Yes, Trump carried the state, but that doesn’t mean who voted for Trump is going to vote for him again, or Harriet.”

Trump endorsed Hageman not long after her campaign announcement last fall.

The Profile in Courage award was created in 1989 by members of Kennedy’s family in order to honor him and recognize and celebrate the qualities of political courage he admired most.

The award recognizes a public official, or officials, at the federal, state or local level whose actions demonstrate the qualities of politically courageous leadership in the spirit of Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Profiles in Courage.”

A bipartisan committee reviews all nominations and selects the recipient(s) of the award. The committee currently consists of members such as political strategist David Axelrod, Kennedy’s daughter Caroline Kennedy and former U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri.

Former recipients of the Profile in Courage award include former Presidents Barack Obama, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford, U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California and the late congressman John Lewis.

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Cheney Leads In Total Fundraising, Still Trails In Money From Wyoming

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney continued to lead all of her GOP primary challengers in fundraising for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat for the first quarter of 2022, but trailed her former political ally Harriet Hageman in raising money in Wyoming.

Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday showed that Cheney raised $2.9 million in the quarter, which ended March 31, to bring her total donations for her re-election campaign to $10.1 million.

So far during her campaign for a fourth term, almost 6% of Cheney’s donations, about $604,000, have been contributed by California residents, making California Cheney’s biggest donor of the campaign.

Wyoming came in eighth in Cheney’s list of donor states at $202,360, behind California, Texas, Florida, New York, Virginia, Connecticut and Washington, D.C.

Most of Hageman’s $2 million in contributions, which includes $1.3 million raised in the first quarter of 2022, came from Wyoming donors, according to FEC figures. 

Hageman’s report showed that of her donations so far in her campaign, she has received $363,430 from Wyoming contributors.

The situation is similar with state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, who has raised $649,840 in his bid to unseat Cheney, $55,081 from Wyoming residents.

Most of the donations for Denton Knapp’s campaign, $5,900, have come from California, his reports showed, followed by Wyoming at $4,850.

The FEC reports also show that most of Cheney’s contributions, about $2.74 million, came from donors giving $2,000 or more, while most of Hageman’s, $694,198, came from donations of $200 or less. Most of Bouchard’s contributions, $461,115, also came from donations of $200 or less.

So far this year, Cheney has also spent more than her opponents, spending about $882,869 to bring her total expenses for her campaign to $3.5 million.

Hageman spent $639,589 in the first quarter of the year to bring her total spending for the campaign to $1 million, while Bouchard spent $10,544 in the first three months of the year to bring his total disbursements to $599,904.

The Republican primary to select the GOP candidate for Wyoming’s House seat will be Aug. 16. So far, no Democrats have registered to run, although one member of the Constitution Party, Marissa Joy Selvig has registered.

Other Republicans seeking the party’s nomination include Bryan Eugene Keller and Robyn Marie Belinskey.

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Cheney Calls Russian Sanction A ‘Badge Of Honor’

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After receiving a sanction from Russia earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney told Cowboy State Daily on Friday that the rebuke was a “badge of honor.”

On Wednesday, Russia announced sanctions against 398 members of Congress, including Cheney, that are intended to act as a “mirror” to President Biden’s sanctions against the Russian officials and oligarchs last month.

“It’s a badge of honor to be sanctioned by the Putin regime. America stands with the people of Ukraine who are fighting for freedom,” Cheney told Cowboy State Daily on Friday.

The U.S. Treasury Department last month sanctioned 328 members of Russia’s parliament in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.

In response, Russia announced its own sanctions preventing the Americans from entering Russia.

“These persons, including the leadership and chairmen of the committees of the lower house of the US Congress, are included in the Russian ‘stop list’ on an ongoing basis,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

Other congressional members such as U.S. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, Lauren Boebert, R-Colorado and Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, were among those targeted with sanctions.

Last week, Cheney said Putin was engaged in a “genocidal campaign” against the Ukrainian people and called on the Biden administration to put its efforts into helping Ukraine defeat the Russian forces invading the country.

She said delivering both offensive weapons, such as tanks and planes, and defense systems such as anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine would be appropriate during Russa’s war on that country, 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 on Sunday. “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.”

She has also called on the ban on the import of Russian uranium and is spearheading an effort to create a uranium reserve.

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Cheney, Hageman Trade Barbs In Dispute Over Jackson, Romney, Trump

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Republican congressional candidate Harriet Hageman and incumbent Rep. Liz Cheney exchanged barbs Thursday when Hageman released a statement deriding a Republican Senator’s public approval of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Kentaji Jackson.

Cheney in turn, while voicing her own reservations about Jackson, pointed to Hageman’s endorsement by former President Donald Trump as perpetuating the “dangerous lie” that the 2020 election was stolen, a move which, Cheney wrote, undermines the U.S. Constitution.

The dispute stems from the announcement by U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, that he would support Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, and his endorsement of Cheney.  

Not a Biologist 

Romney announced on Monday that he would vote to confirm Jackson to the Supreme Court because her record and testimony, he said, indicated “that she is a well-qualified jurist and person of honor.”  

The announcement came after Jackson made headlines in March for refusing during confirmation hearings to define the word “woman,” saying “I’m not a biologist.”  

Jackson was confirmed Thursday as a Supreme Court Justice.  

Slammed Jackson

Both Hageman and Cheney slammed Jackson on Thursday in their public statements against one another.  

Hageman pointed to Romney’s support of Jackson, writing that Romney “is one of Liz Cheney’s closest allies in Washington, DC.”  

The Utah senator had headlined a fundraiser for Cheney in March. Romney and Cheney were among a handful of Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump.  

“You can tell a lot about a person by the company she keeps,” wrote Hageman, referencing Romney’s support for Cheney and his subsequent vote in favor of Jackson’s confirmation.  

But Cheney, in an email to Cowboy State Daily, countered Hageman’s statement, saying Hageman’s “(embrace of) President Trump’s dangerous lie that the 2020 election was stolen,” is a sign that Hageman has “forgotten” to represent the U.S. Constitution amid her campaign.  

Cheney implied that Hageman and Jackson share a commonality of irreverence for the Constitution, as Cheney posited that “if President Trump’s plan had worked, it would have permanently ended the peaceful transition of power.” 

Dueling Statements

Cheney requested specifically that her statement be reproduced in full.  

Hageman’s also, will be rendered in its full form.  

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“I almost never respond to statements by Harriet Hageman, but I will make this exception. Although Members of the House don’t get to vote on Supreme Court nominees, I was very troubled by Judge Jackson’s apparent position on ‘natural rights.’ I believe deeply that our rights come from God, and are enshrined in our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. That is why I will never abandon my oath to the Constitution, no matter what the consequences, no matter what the politics. 

Harriet also took an oath – as a member of the Wyoming Bar – to ‘support, obey, and defend’ our Constitution. Yet now, to try to win a campaign, she is embracing President Trump’s dangerous lie that the 2020 election was stolen. 

More than 60 courts across our country have ruled against President Trump and others who tried to overturn the 2020 election. President Trump’s claims were so egregious that his lead lawyer didn’t just lose those cases – he lost his license to practice law. 

Just last week a federal judge said if ‘President Trump’s plan had worked, it would have permanently ended the peaceful transition of power, undermining American democracy and the Constitution.’ 

Harriet claims to ride for the brand, but she seems to have forgotten that our brand is the Constitution. Anyone who is unwilling to support our courts, our system of Justice and our Constitution is not fit to serve.”  — Rep. Liz Cheney 

“Members of the House don’t get a vote on Supreme Court nominees, but this is as close to a proxy as you’re going to find, since one of Liz Cheney’s closest allies in Washington, D.C. has voted to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the highest court.  

Judge Jackson has shown that she is more than lenient on child sex abusers, does not recognize the natural rights of American citizens as guaranteed by our Bill of Rights, and refused to define a ‘woman’ during the Senate hearings, thereby confirming that she is a left-wing radical and will rule that way as a Justice.  

We can expect her to legislate from the bench and will no doubt write opinions that are harmful to Wyoming.  

You can tell a lot about a person by the company she keeps. Cheney can have Mitt Romney, and I’ll take my support from President Donald Trump, Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik, and Sen. Rand Paul. 

I will be an America First member of Congress and will always act in accordance with the views and values of the people of Wyoming.” — Harriet Hageman

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Cheney Takes Down Former Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani During Floor Speech

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Rudy Giuliani, the former attorney for President Donald Trump, came under fire this week from U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, who criticized him for promoting the former president’s claims of election tampering.

Cheney, during a speech on the House floor Wednesday, noted that Giuliani’s adherence to Trump’s claims cost him his license to practice law.

“The election claims made by Donald Trump were so frivolous and so unfounded that the president’s lead lawyer did not just lose these cases, he lost his license to practice law,” Cheney said.

“The New York Supreme Court found ‘There is uncontroverted evidence that Mr. Giuliani communicated demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers, and the public at large in his capacity as lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump and the Trump campaign in connection with Trump’s failed effort at reelection in 2020.’”

Cheney’s comments came as the U.S. House voted Wednesday to hold two former Trump aides — Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino — after they refused to comply with subpoenas issued by the House select committee investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021.

Cheney is one of two Republicans serving on the select committee, for which she has received much criticism from fellow Republicans, both in Wyoming and nationally.

Giuliani was not the only person that Cheney criticized during her short floor speech on Wednesday. She also directed pointed remarks at her House colleagues who continue to support Trump following the insurrection and his subsequent impeachment.

“Those in this chamber who continue to embrace the former president and his dangerous and destructive lies, ought to take a good hard look at themselves,” she said. “At a moment of real danger to our republic, when the need for fidelity to our Constitution is paramount, they have abandoned their oaths in order to perform for Donald Trump. That will be their legacy.”

The House voted 220 to 203 to hold the two aides in contempt.

Cheney has become an unpopular figure among many Republicans who opposed her 2021 vote to impeach Trump on allegations he spurred protesters at a rally to break into the Capitol and disagreed with her frequent criticism of him since then. She was removed from her position as House Conference chair last year after voting for the impeachment and she was censured by the Republican National Committee in February for serving on the Jan. 6 committee.

Trump has since endorsed Cheney’s congressional opponent, Harriet Hageman, for the GOP primary election for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat to held in August.

The Wyoming Republican Party’s central committee has voted to no longer recognize Cheney as a member of the party.

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

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Cheney Spearheading Efforts To Get Dept. Of Energy To Establish Uranium Reserve

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is spearheading a congressional attempt to get the U.S. Department of Energy to establish a uranium reserve as it was directed to do in 2020.

Cheney and other Republican members of the U.S. House on Friday sent a letter to Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm expressing “continued concern” that the department has not used $75 million appropriated to stockpile uranium.

The letter requests quicker action by DOE.  

“This delay is particularly disturbing as the current situation between Russia and Ukraine has brought to the forefront the vulnerability of the United States reliance on Russia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan for the uranium needed to power our nuclear plants” the letter reads.  

About half of the fuel used in American nuclear reactors comes from Russia and affiliated countries – a situation Cheney’s letter called “untenable” in light of Russia’s actions against Ukraine.  

“It is imperative that DOE stand up the uranium reserve as soon as possible,” the letter said, as a matter of “national, energy, and economic security.”  

The letter was signed by Cheney and Republican colleagues Reps. Dan Newhouse (Washington), Markwayne Mullin (Oklahoma), Adam Kinzinger (Illinois), Richard Hudson (North Carolina), Russ Fulcher (Idaho), and Michael Burgess (Texas).  

Deadline 

Congress appropriated $75 million to DOE to set up the reserve in December 2020. However, Dr. Kathryn Huff, nominated to serve as the DOE’s assistant secretary for nuclear energy, said more steps must be taken to establish the reserve.

Cheney and the other representatives asked to see a timetable by April 4 for the reserve’s creation. It also asked that the DOE declare a date for the bidding process for contractors, and a deadline for the end of the bidding process.  

The letter also demands an explanation for the delay.  

“Please provide the basis and reasoning for why DOE has failed to request funding for this vital program for the second fiscal year in a row,” it said.  

After receiving initial funding for the program the DOE did not request any funding in its budget request for fiscal year 2022, according to a statement by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which is a nonpartisan Congressional watchdog of national expenses.  

The reserve is to use domestic uranium sources to build up a stash of nuclear fuel that could be used for civilian power generation, minimizing any possible disruptions in the supply chain.

Another purpose of the reserve, according to Cheney’s office, is to reinvigorate the domestic nuclear fuel supply chain and the facilities involved in it.  

Funding 

Funding models for the project have shrunk drastically since 2020, said GAO director Allison Bawden, who emphasized that her agency is neutral on the topic.  

Under the administration of former President Donald Trump, Bawden said, the national strategy was to appropriate $150 million each year for at least 10 years toward the project.  

“Obviously that’s not what happened,” Bawden continued. 

Although Congress slated $75 million for the project in fiscal year 2021, it did not appropriate any additional funds to it in 2022 – and there’s no concrete indication of whether funding for the reserve will resume in future budgets.  

The GAO also identified weaknesses in the uranium production process.  

Uranium must be extracted, converted, enriched and fabricated “before it can be handed over to a reactor,” said Bawden. And some of those things can’t be accomplished inside the U.S.  

There is only one enrichment facility within the U.S. currently, and a shortage in domestic conversion services as well.

“Pieces need to be put in place to strengthen the overall supply chain, so we could produce whatever we needed domestically,” Bawden said. “That’s not to say we’d make the choice to produce it domestically – but at least (the U.S.) would have that choice.”  

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Cheney Slams “Performance Politics” During Jackson Talk Tuesday

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Tuesday criticized her congressional colleagues who seem to be more interested in drawing attention to themselves than actually solving problems.

Cheney, speaking during a nonpolitical discussion on American elections in Jackson, blamed partisan fissures in Congress in part on politicians who make a spectacle of themselves.

“Performance politics is a huge problem, where members are going into these hearings because they know the video cameras are on C-SPAN,” she said. “They know the minute-and-a-half video clip that they want to get out of it that they can put over on Twitter, and then they can flame the other side.”

Civility was a major topic of conversation during the gathering on Tuesday that was attended by both Democrats and Republicans as well as supporters of Cheney and Harriet Hageman, one of her challengers in the GOP primary for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat.

One of the biggest issues encouraging performative politics, Cheney said, is that it is successful, at least financially. Members of Congress spend much of their time raising funds for re-election, and by making waves online, politicians can bring in more donations.

“You look at some of the political fundraising notes that go out these days, and they’re just horrible, stuff you would never ever say to a person’s face,” Cheney said. “But you’re saying it to hundreds of thousands of people as a member of Congress so that you can get them to open up their wallets and give you $25.

“This is the people who are playing the game, the people who are seeing how many ‘likes’ they can get on social media, the people who are fundraising off of the outrageous things they have said and done, those people get a lot of reinforcement,” she continued. “It has to be our job to give reinforcement to the other (members of Congress).”

There is an immense amount of pressure among both Democrats and Republicans to avoid working together in Congress, as they are always strategizing to get more people on their side of the aisle elected, Cheney said.

“People that you’re likely to work with are often the people on the other side of the aisle who are the most vulnerable members, they maybe represent swing districts and that’s why you might have some issues in common with them,” she said. “The leadership on both sides is telling the members, ‘Don’t work with those people. We want our guy re-elected or elected.’ So there are all sorts of incentives that pressure against working together.”

Cheney noted that partisanship and vitriol in Congress are not new in the United States. But she added she felt it is still important to encourage civility among Democrats and Republicans.

She also said that regardless of whether Democrat or Republican, elected officials should always think about how important it is to take the role seriously, since they are facing “grave issues.” She also urged voters to elect “serious people” to these positions.

“They have to be worthy of the responsibility and the obligation of governing in this republic, and they have to be up to the tasks and the challenges we face,” Cheney said. “So, when you’re casting your vote, when you’re thinking about who to vote for, one of the things that’s most important for us to do is to incentivize serious people. There are a lot of people, too many people, in Congress today on both sides of the aisle who are not serious, who don’t do their homework and who treat politics like it’s a game.”

Additionally, she said that as an elected official, she does not get to pick and choose what portions of the U.S. Constitution she likes and dislikes, and which she will defend and which she won’t.

“If I won’t defend the 12th Amendment, if I won’t defend that the plain meaning in the text of the 12th Amendment, then how can I defend the First Amendment? And how can I defend the Second Amendment?” she said. “The Constitution is our shield. And when you think about what it means, and the responsibility that we all have, I think it’s really important for us to recognize that we don’t get to have the debates about substance and about policy if we abandon the Constitution.”

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Cheney Calls Marjorie Taylor Greene A ‘Useful Idiot’ After Ukraine Remarks

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney called House colleague U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene a “useful idiot” this week after Greene claimed Ukraine violated peace agreements before the Russian invasion.

In a live-streamed video posted to Facebook on Wednesday, Greene warned against the U.S. moving toward a war with Russia, and contended that the U.S. was getting involved because prominent American leaders have “direct financial interests” there.

Cheney said this was propaganda.

“Putin is targeting and slaughtering civilians in a brutal unprovoked war against Ukraine, a sovereign democratic nation,” Cheney tweeted. “Only the Kremlin and their useful idiots would call that ‘a conflict in which peace agreements have been violated by both sides.'”

Earlier this week, Cheney told Wyoming reporters that the U.S. needed to do more in aiding Ukraine.

Around the same time of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Greene attended and gave a speech at the controversial America First Political Action Conference in Florida. At the event, organizer Nick Fuentes led chants supporting Putin and asked the audience to applaud for Russia.

Cheney criticized both Greene and Rep. Paul Gosar for their attendance, which she described as “white supremacist, anti-Semitic and pro-Putin.”

“All Americans should renounce this garbage and reject the Putin wing of the GOP now,” Cheney said.

The two lawmakers have regularly clashed since Greene’s election to office.

In October, the two tangled on the floor of the House of Representatives, with Greene calling the Jan. 6 committee “a joke.” Cheney is one of two Republicans serving on the committee investigating the events of the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Words were exchanged between the women, with Green ultimately calling Cheney “a joke,” as well.

Cheney was at the center of an additional argument this week, when two hosts of “The View” clashed over their opinions of her.

Host and attorney Sunny Hostin and guest host and former staffer to previous President Donald Trump Alyssa Farah got into a dispute over Cheney, with Farah calling the representative “brave” and Hostin arguing that Congress did not need more legislators like her.

“I think they see the principled stances that Liz Cheney has taken, against personal loss, criticism, potentially losing her seat, and they’re inspired by it,” Farah said. “Politicians who put their own beliefs and principles over ambition, it’s so rare that we see it.”

Farah was referring to Cheney’s decision to impeach Trump last year following the Capitol riot, being one of the few congressional Republicans to do so. As noted, she is also one of two Republicans serving on the Jan. 6 committee, for which she has received much criticism.

“I don’t think we need more Liz Cheneys in office, and I think a Democrat would be crazy to vote for her,” Hostin said. “This is not the savior of democracy.

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Cheney: Biden Administration Should Ban Russian Uranium

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

President Joe Biden’s administration should ban the import of Russian uranium, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney told Wyoming reporters on Wednesday.

Cheney, speaking during a telephone conference, said she was working on legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would urge Biden to ban the use of Russian uranium in the United States.

“We need to be clear that the United States cannot be dependent on Russia for uranium,” she said. “We also need to have a uranium reserve. Congress authorized the establishment of a uranium reserved about 18 months ago and we have seen no progress on that.”

She added that the United States need to work on again being capable of enriching its own uranium. While she complimented the Biden administration for moving to ban Russian oil imports, she thought this should be extended to the full energy sector.

TerraPower, the company planning to install a small nuclear reactor in Kemmerer, told Cowboy State Daily last month that it has no choice but to fuel its plant with nuclear fuel rods from Russia, but company officials said they are also working to cultivate domestic uranium sources.

“We can’t be dependent on our adversary, either for the production of uranium or its enrichment,” Cheney said Wednesday. “In Wyoming, we’re really blessed with tremendous uranium reserves and we need to be sure we’re utilizing Wyoming uranium, not Russian.”

A Cheney spokesperson told Cowboy State Daily that the representative has always supported ending the United States’ dependence on Russian uranium.

“Putin’s attack on Ukraine reinforces how critical it is that America stop importing Russian uranium and increase our own domestic production,” the spokesperson said Wednesday. “She has worked to keep uranium on the critical minerals list and establish a uranium reserve. She has urged the Biden administration to immediately stand-up the uranium reserve and take advantage of other feasible paths available to ensure advanced nuclear reactors have access to the uranium they need.”

The spokesperson did not address how TerraPower’s “Natrium” plant would be fueled if Russian uranium imports were banned.

Earlier this week, Gov. Mark Gordon made similar remarks during a news conference.

“Currently our nuclear resources come from Russia, and we need to make sure that we have a domestic source of uranium just like we used to,” he said. “We’re very anxious to see the project move forward. We’re really hoping that this helps to revitalize Wyoming’s very important uranium industry.”

The Natrium power plant, a “next generation” nuclear plant, in slated to be built in Wyoming by 2027 or 2028. The reactor is expected to generate 345 megawatts of power.

The Natrium power plant will use fuel rods manufactured with HALEU metallic fluid. This uranium will allow the reactor to operate more efficiently and reduces the volume of waste produced.

In addition to trying to build up American producers of HALEU, TerraPower is investing in an American company to produce the fuel rods, officials said.

According to project estimates, approximately 2,000 workers will be needed for plant construction at the project’s peak. Once the plant is operational, approximately 250 people will support day-to-day activities, including plant security.

On other issues, Cheney, who spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy by Zoom on Wenesday said she was impressed with the Ukrainian leader’s grace in such a stressful time and added the U.S. needs to back up the Ukraine in its battle with Russia.

“He…showed a video that really illustrated what major Ukrainian cities looked like three or four weeks ago…and it looks like towns all over Wyoming,” she said. “We should make sure we are providing support for the Ukrainians in this battle.”

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Republican National Committee Sues Cheney, Jan. 6 Committee

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by the Republican National Committee against the congressional committee investigating the events surrounding the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Cheney and the other committee member are the subjects of a complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court asking that the committee be prevented from obtaining records from email marketing company Salesforce, which the RNC works closely with. The RNC is arguing that this is non-public information on Republican donors, volunteers and supporters and the internal deliberative processes of the organization.

“The Select Committee’s subpoena to Salesforce…vastly exceeds Congress’ limited subpoena power and infringes on the rights of the RNC,” the lawsuit said. “The RNC and its millions of supporters face an unprecedented threat that will undoubtedly chill their First Amendment rights and expose the RNC’s supporters to reprisals and harassment.”

The Jan. 6 committee’s subpoena seeks email data from Election Day 2020 through Jan. 6, 2021, the day rioters attacked the Capitol as Congress was certifying the presidential election results, declaring now President Joe Biden the victor over former President Donald Trump.

The RNC argues in the lawsuit that the subpoena includes a “staggeringly broad” and “unduly burdensome” set of requests referring or relating to RNC documents that have no connection to the Jan. 6 attack.

It was noted in the lawsuit that the complaint was not intended to circumvent Congress’ legislative power to address the Jan. 6 attack.

“Rather, the RNC has been forced to bring this lawsuit in order to ensure the events of that day are not used as a pretense to indiscriminately rifle through the internal affairs and deliberations of one of the country’s two major political parties by an irregularly composed Select Committee dominated by members of the other,” the lawsuit said.

Cheney and the other members of the committee were sued in their official capacities as members of Congress.

Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler responded Friday to the lawsuit by referring Cowboy State Daily to the committee’s official statement.

“The Select Committee is investigating a violent attack on the Capitol and an attempt to overturn the 2020 election,” committee spokesman Tim Mulvey said this week. “Between Election Day 2020 and Jan. 6, the RNC and the Trump campaign solicited donations by pushing false claims that the election was tainted by widespread fraud. These emails encouraged supporters to put pressure on Congress to keep President Trump in power.

“Claims about a stolen election motivated rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6,” Mulvey continued. “The Select Committee issued a subpoena to an email fundraising vendor in order to help investigators understand the impact of false, inflammatory messages in the weeks before Jan. 6, the flow of funds and whether contributions were actually directed to the purpose indicated. This action has absolutely nothing to do with getting the private information of voters or donors.”

Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, are the only two Republicans serving on the committee.

In February, the RNC formally censured the two Republicans for their work on the committee.

The resolution adopted by the national committee accused the representatives, through their work on the committee, of participating in a “Democrat-led persecution of ordinary citizens who engaged in legitimate political discourse.”

Initially, the resolution proposed removing Cheney and Kinzinger from the House Republican Conference, but ultimately this was changed Thursday to a formal censure.

The resolution was altered due to concerns that the criticism of Cheney and Kinzinger for serving on the committee had gone “too far.”

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Biden Bans Russian Oil; Cheney, Hageman Come Together In Praise Of Decision

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

President Joe Biden on Tuesday banned all oil imports from Russia due to the Ukraine invasion, bringing together two political foes in the process.

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and Harriet Hageman, her challenger for the GOP nomination for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat, both said Tuesday that Biden made the right decision by taking such a firm stand and banning Russian oil and coal imports.

“After banning the import of Russian energy, the United States should unleash domestic production so that we can be the world’s energy arsenal, instead of allowing our adversaries like Iran or Venezuela to step into this void,” Cheney said. “We should authorize new leases and permits for oil and gas drilling on federal land and cease the development of new regulations that limit energy production.

“In Wyoming and across the country, we have the resources and capabilities to increase production so we can return to American energy independence, provide crucial resources for our allies around the world, and mitigate the higher gas prices and energy costs that hardworking families are facing,” she continued. “This is an economic and national security imperative.” 

America imports about 8% of its oil and other petroleum products from Russia.

Biden said Tuesday that with the Russian oil ban, gas prices will likely continue to increase.

According to The Associated Press, the European Union this week will commit to phasing out its reliance on Russia for energy needs as soon as possible. Europe relies on imports for 90% of its natural gas and 97% of its oil products. Russia supplies 40% of Europe’s natural gas and a quarter of its oil.

The U.S. does not import Russian natural gas.

While Hageman did say Biden made the right choice with the ban, she pointed out what she called several key flaws in his administration’s strategies in recent weeks and months.

“If [Biden] wanted to actually correct his failed energy policies, he would reverse all of his other edicts as well and restore America’s energy independence, achieved by President Trump for the first time in seven decades,” she said. “Biden purposely squandered our energy self-sufficiency, and now must grovel to Venezuela, Iran and OPEC for oil, in some cases appeasing one dictator to punish another.

“Biden has, in effect, turned our foreign policy decisions over to radical environmental extremists, because they are the ones forbidding him from increasing our own domestic energy production,” she continued

Hageman added that Biden’s policies were driving the increase of gas prices to “near-r0ecord levels” even before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

While Hageman sided with Cheney on the import ban, she also criticized the incumbent for her lack of action against Biden, saying the representative should “be raising hell about Biden’s hamstringing of energy producers in our own state.”

“Liz Cheney is too wrapped up in her own personal war with President Trump and her efforts to help Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats distract attention away from Biden’s failed presidency,” Hageman said. “Cheney is viewed by Democrats as a useful, temporary political tool, and has burned almost all of her relationships with Republicans. She has rendered herself completely ineffective.”

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Hageman Reacts to Cheney 2022 Announcement; Cheney Says She Was Always Running

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Congressional candidate Harriet Hageman is calling the news that U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney will seek a fourth term in the U.S. House “exciting.”

But the incumbent’s camp said there actually is nothing new about this.

Cheney appeared on KODI radio station this week and said that she would be a candidate in the 2022 primary and general election for her House seat. However, Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler said this was not an official announcement.

“She’s said it repeatedly and directly before,” Adler told Cowboy State Daily on Wednesday. “I remember she was asked in May 2021 and September 2021 and both times she said she’s definitely running.”

Adler went on to produce five other examples of times where Cheney mentioned she was running again including an interview with Wyoming reporters on September 9, 2021; an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation on January 2, 2022; an appearance on the New York Times’ podcast ‘The Daily‘ on January 6, 2022; an interview with FOX News’ Bret Baier on January 6, 2022; and an appearance at the ‘Defending Democracy Summit‘ in Denver on February 11, 2022.

Cheney was asked during a Tuesday appearance on the radio station if she would be running in the congressional race this year, to which she responded, “I am.”

“We’re going to have a very spirited campaign,” she said. “I know the people of Wyoming recognize and understand how important it is to have somebody who’s going to fight for our energy industry…fight to make sure the heavy hand of government regulation is beat back.”

Hageman said Wednesday that her team thought Cheney would retire this year prior to the election, due to the “disaster” of President Joe Biden’s administration.

“Over 30 Democrats have now announced their retirement from Congress,” Hageman said. “They know that the Biden administration is a disaster, saw the writing on the wall, know the terrible poll numbers, and have heard from people across this great country that they are going to lose.

“We thought Liz Cheney would have joined her Democrat counterparts and retire, but she has decided otherwise,” Hageman continued. “Over the course of a year, Cheney went from being the third most powerful Republican in the House to an outcast. However, yesterday, she announced that she is running again. Her team will flamboyantly announce that they had ‘hundreds of donations’ from people across the country showing support. It’s time to fight back!”

Rod Miller, Cheney’s Republican opponent in 2018 and now a political columnist for Cowboy State Daily, said he thought Hageman’s announcement of Cheney’s non-announcement was humorous.

“If there was ever any doubt about Cheney’s skill in the political arts, she just got her opponent to make her re-election announcement for her,” Miller said.

Once allies, Hageman and Cheney have become political foes over the last six months, after the Hageman announced her intention to challenge Cheney in the GOP primary for Wyoming’s lone congressional seat. Shortly after, former President Donald Trump endorsed Hageman for the seat.

There are several other candidates in the House race, as well, including state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, Gillette resident Denton Knapp and Riverton resident Marissa Selvig.

Hageman will host two town hall meetings next week in Cheyenne and Gillette alongside U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, who also endorsed her for Congress late last year.

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Cheney: U.S. Cannot Stay Out Of Russia/Ukraine Conflict; Isolationism Does Not Work

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney disagreed with officials who have called for the United States to stay out of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, saying isolationism rarely works well for the United States.

During an appearance on “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Cheney offered her thoughts regarding some Republican politicians, particularly U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, and Ohio congressional candidate and author J.D. Vance, who have said they do not care what happens to Ukraine and that the U.S. should not intervene.

Cheney, however, told host Margaret Brennan she disagreed.

“We’ve been down that road before. We’ve seen isolationism in both parties and it’s always been wrong and it’s always been dangerous,” Cheney said.

“American cannot defend and maintain our own freedom and security if we think that we’re simply going to withdraw from the world and not lead,” she said. “Anyone who thinks that U.S. freedom and security is going to be maintained if we take a step back and don’t lead, you simply need to look at what’s happening in Ukraine and recognize that those who fill the void when the U.S. steps away are people like the Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians.”

“The idea that the world will be safe, that America will be able to (be) safe and free with an isolationist approach is wrong,” she said.

Boycotts

Ukraine was invaded by Russia late last week, generating strong reactions across the globe. Russia and many of its products, including vodka, are being boycotted or outright banned in some countries due to the invasion.

Cheney also called for the U.S. to stop importing Russian oil, and to sanction Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian oligarchs and their families.

“I’d like to see the oil industry affected,” she said. “I’d like to see very clear that…the United States ought to be looking at ourselves frankly, as an arsenal of energy for the world, in the way that in World War II, we were an arsenal of democracy. We ought to be an arsenal of energy, so we ought to be unleashing our own energy resources.”

She added that the United States needed to make it “very clear” that it stands with Ukraine during this invasion and conflict, as well as to be clear that the U.S. won’t be intimidated by Russia and these tactics.

Trump

Brennan pointed out that former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial in January and February of 2020 was triggered by a complaint from a U.S. intelligence official who said Trump was withholding aid to Ukraine in order to win political favors. Brennan asked if Cheney regretted voting not to impeach Trump then. Trump was acquitted.

“I don’t regret my vote,” Cheney said. “I think any impeachment vote has got to be one that is based very clearly on the evidence. I think that we certainly have learned a lot from that first impeachment trial that we are using as we move forward in the Jan. 6 committee.”

Cheney noted that Trump spent much of his presidency attacking the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, but pointed out how “crucially” important the alliance is.

“One thing that President Trump got right was increased spending for the military,” she said. “It is very important for us…as we look at Putin’s nuclear threat, we cannot adopt policies like a no-first-use nuclear policy. We can’t accept defense spending that is insufficient to defend our interests. We have to make sure we are recognizing here at home what is important and necessary to defend ourselves.”

Unity

Cheney’s praise of Trump was just one example of political enemies coming together in a time of strife.

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said during a “Meet the Press” appearance on Sunday that Putin’s moves have actually strengthened NATO and Congress.

“He thought this [invasion] would divide NATO,” Portman said. “In fact, it strengthened NATO and brought us together in ways we haven’t seen in years.”

Hageman/Knapp

Cheney’s congressional competitor Denton Knapp also voiced his support for Ukraine over the weekend.

“Wyoming and the United States support Ukraine and condemn the Russian invasion. God’s hands guide us to peace,” he said.

Congressional candidate Harriet Hageman told Cowboy State Daily late Monday that Putin’s “continued illegal assault” on Ukraine was a crime against the peace-loving world and has already cost too many lives.

“We must use every sanction at our disposal, which is why it is extremely disappointing to see President Biden refuse to hit Putin where it hurts most – Russia’s energy industries,” Hageman said. “But Biden knows that if he impeded Putin’s ability to sell oil, natural gas, and coal, he would have to allow American energy production to increase to compensate. The radical environmentalists who run the Biden administration won’t let him do that, so ultimately it is the climate activists who are making our foreign policy decisions.”

But at the same time, Hageman objected to Cheney’s criticism of calls to stay out of the dispute.

“It’s also alarming to see that Liz Cheney simply can’t resist falling back into her interventionist ways. In her remarks, she came awfully close to calling for American military intervention, which would be extraordinarily dangerous and something that I strongly oppose,” Hageman said. “We must do whatever we can to support the Ukrainians, but inserting American troops squarely into the conflict would be a horrible idea.”

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“It’s Fighting Season”; Little-Known Candidate Denton Knapp Says He’s Still in Congressional Race

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By Jennifer Kocher, Cowboy State Daily

Denton Knapp might be the most misunderstood person running for Congress. 

Since throwing his hat into the race for the U.S. House seat held by Liz Cheney just under a year ago, Knapp has been accused of being a California carpetbagger, Trump demagogue, Frontier Republican, and betrayer to the Wyoming Republican Party because he didn’t give up on his campaign when former President Donald Trump endorsed fellow candidate Harriet Hageman.

He’s none of those things, he told Cowboy State Daily, and he’s eager for Wyoming voters to learn that. 

In the days following the Republican National Committee’s decision last week to endorse Hageman with the support of the Wyoming GOP, Knapp has gotten a lot of calls from reporters from both state and national media.

“They all want to know if I’m still out there and still running,” he said. 

They seem genuinely bewildered, he said, that a largely unknown guy who most recently lived in California would remain in a race that seems to be spotlighting only two contenders – Cheney and Hageman.

But Knapp doesn’t buy that narrative and believes that the Wyoming voters deserve a choice when it comes to selecting the state’s lone U.S. representative.

He further believes he has a fighting chance for victory once the residents of Wyoming get to meet him. 

“It’s fighting season,” he said, referencing the spring season in Afghanistan when military activity would resume after the long, cold winter, a reminder of his 30 years in active military service in the U.S. Army with tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

In this case, the fight is getting out to meet the voters of Wyoming and showing residents there are more than two candidates in the race.



Uphill Battle

Despite the odds being stacked against him, Knapp is unflappably optimistic when he talks about the race and his plan to step up for the people in Wyoming when he gets to Washington, D.C.

A recent straw poll at the central committee of the Wyoming Republican Party showed one person voting for Knapp compared to 59 for Hageman, six for Cheney and two for state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne.

But Knapp puts no stock in straw polls, endorsements or fundraising, though admittedly more money means more ad dollars, he said. 

“Money matters for marketing,” he said, “but it doesn’t matter for votes.”

To date, Knapp has raised a total of $10,925, $5,400 from which came from donors in California with the other $3,600 coming from Wyoming residents. Since the beginning of 2021, Cheney has raised almost $7.2 million and Hageman has earned about $745,000.

But Knapp describes the funds he’s raised as hard-earned money sent to him by voters in the state, which means more to him than the millions of dollars coming in for Cheney and Hageman from out-of-state.

Who is Denton Knapp?

Sitting at the dining room table in his home Gillette on Friday, Knapp talked about his childhood and growing up in Campbell County. Beside him at the table were his mother Waruny, a Japanese immigrant, and younger brother, Chris Knapp, a businessman and Republican state legislator from Gillette. Across the table was Knapp’s wife of 35 years, Heather, who he calls his rock.

Though some have questioned Knapp’s motivations for jumping into the race with no prior political experience, his family was not surprised. 

In fact, Chris – who was a three-term county commissioner before being appointed to the Legislature – credits his brother’s service in the military for inspiring him to enter politics in his early 20s.

“Dent (as his friends and family call him) chose the military,” Chris said, “so I went into politics.”

Chris found his brother’s decision noble, he said, as he extolled his character and years of active military service as a colonel in the Army, beginning with an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Knapp had been nominated for the school by Wyoming’s congressional delegation at the time — U.S. Rep. Dick Cheney and U.S. Sens. Al Simpson and Malcolm Wallop. He had applied to and been accepted by all three military academies, and initially dreamed of becoming a pilot in the Air Force, but his color blindness kept him out. Instead, he went into the Army.

During his military career, Knapp served in several roles, including as a director of the Tierney Center for Veteran Services, developing protocols for special operations forces and, after finally retiring, serving as a brigadier general in the California State Guard, where he lived with is wife for three years before returning to Wyoming.

Since moving back to Gillette more than a year ago, Knapp launched his own company, Valor Made, LLC, in which he hires veterans for a variety of odd jobs in the oil field and elsewhere.  

Fourth-Generation Wyoming Guy

Even though Knapp has spent the past 30 years living outside of the state, he considers the Cowboy State his home, identifying himself as a fourth-generation Wyoming guy whose great-grandfather Denton Floyd homesteaded along the Powder River. 

As for claims of him being a California carpetbagger, Knapp’s wife Heather, who is also a Gillette native, called it an entirely unfair accusation.

Yes, they were away from Wyoming because her husband was in active military service and stationed all over the country and world, Heather said. They’d lived in California for the past three years because that’s where their youngest son, 33-year-old Scott, and his wife and two young children settled. 

This is a sensitive topic for her given the death of the couple’s oldest boy Brandon, who at age 20, died of suicide. 

“It makes me mad that people hold that against him because we wanted to be close to our son,” she said

Heather is still getting used to being in the political spotlight and the way it opens a person up to criticism from people she sees in person and on social media. Having been in military circles for the past 30 years, the Knapps are used to keeping their political opinions to themselves.

Knapp said he believes his time in the military, where he honed his leadership and negotiation skills, makes him uniquely qualified to serve as U.S. representative.

Knapp doesn’t say much about his time in the military other than to offer a general summary, so Chris filled in the holes because he said his brother is too humble to provide details.

Chris pointed to a photo on the wall in the living room of two tanks bearing down on Baghdad. His brother had been part of that surge, Chris said, and had actively served on the front lines. Chris gets emotional when he talks about his older brother’s service and the box of medals he amassed over the course of his three-decade career. 

“He’s my hero and always has been,” Chris said.

Following His Own Orders

Knapp’s foray into the political world has not been without controversy.

Before former President Donald Trump endorsed Hageman, Knapp, Cheyenne attorney Darin Smith and state Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, had all said they would bow out of the race in deference to the person who won the endorsement.

After Trump backed Hageman, Smith and Gray dropped out of the race.

Knapp did not.

“I changed my mind,” he said simply. “I have the right to change my mind when the environment and people started to change the rules. I reevaluated what I was doing and made the right choice for Wyoming. Voters should have candidates to choose from and it shouldn’t be dictated by a faction of the party.” 

Knapp’s continued opposition to Cheney stems from the fact she does not represent Wyoming, he said. He feels she sold out her Wyoming  constituents for her own self-interests and a personal vendetta against Trump. 

“She was elected to represent the people of Wyoming,” he said. “Not her own interests.”

He also does not like the way he sees the country heading under Joe Biden’s watch and what he describes as encroachments on America’s freedoms. He points as examples to the restrictions on movements that were put in place with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as threats to the 2nd Amendment and American values.

For these reasons, he felt it was imperative to step up now – not wait to make his ranks through local and state office.

“The time is now,” he said. “I don’t have the luxury of waiting. Too much is at stake.”

His Own Man

One thing that Knapp said has remained consistent throughout his life are his views as a staunch, conservative Republican.

“I’ve been a Republican my entire life,” he said, noting he’s voted Republican in every election, including when he cast absentee ballots while stationed overseas.

For this reason, he takes offense to being labeled a member of the “Frontier Republicans,” a group of Republicans pursuing as “a statewide effort to encourage participation while promoting integrity, respect and civility.” 

The group emerged two years ago in the wake of vicious infighting and verbal assaults among Republican Party members in Campbell County. The group has since been labeled “liberal Democrats” or RINOs by more conservative members of the Republican Party.

Knapp has been tied to the group because of his friendship with former legislator Tom Lubnau, a Frontier Republican advocate.

It’s not that Knapp has anything against the Frontier group, he said, but rather he doesn’t want to be aligned with any factions and wants to stand on his own as an independent candidate running on his own platform.

As to what his platform stands for, posts on his campaign’s social media page  are pro-second amendment, anti-“woke culture” and critical race theory and advocate standing for Wyoming’s strong beliefs and traditional values. 

He also is a strong defender of the Constitution.

As far as issues important to the people of Wyoming, he’s particularly focused on oil and gas production, energy independence, opposed to tax increases and wants to tackle the issue of  country-of-origin labels for meat and other products among others. 

Fighting Season”

The week Knapp was interviewed by Cowboy State Daily, he held court with about 40 guys at the local Expresso Lube in Gillette for their weekly coffee club. Like him, Knapp said the guys were concerned about the fact that the race is already a foregone conclusion pitting Hageman against Cheney.

The guys at the coffee group found that concerning because every qualified citizen has the right to run for office, and they worry, Knapp said, about all the outside money flooding into both the Cheney and Hageman campaigns.

“They respect me as a veteran,” he said, “and the fact that I’m a candidate who doesn’t have a bunch of money behind them from outside sources.”

He’s found that once people meet him and hear what he’s about, he tends to earn their vote. And that follows the advice given him by former U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi: get out there and knock on doors.

Now, Knapp is planning to hit the campaign trail, beginning with the Crimson Ball in Rock Springs last weekend, followed by Republican Party functions in Sheridan, Cheyenne and Natrona County.

“My strategy is to continue across my home state and meet as many people as I can to tell them who I am and why I’m running,” he said. 

Regardless of what happens along the way, he’s in it for the long haul. 

“I’m not a quitter,” he said.

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Former Wyoming GOP Chair Thinks RNC Is “Inappropriate” For Censuring Cheney

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It was inappropriate for the Republican National Committee to censure U.S. Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, according to a former chairman of the Wyoming Republican Party.

Diemer True told Cowboy State Daily on Wednesday that he thought it was not only inappropriate of the RNC, but also the Wyoming Republican Party state central committee, to censure Cheney or any other Republican legislator who has not committed a crime.

“I’m a big advocate of the Ronald Reagan rule, where if someone agrees with me 80% of the time, they’re comrades in arms,” True said. “The purity test that seems to be coming out of the organized Republican Party, which is certainly not true of entire Republican Party, is a formula for defeat.”

True, a former state senator and longtime GOP activist, said that if the Republican Party continues to administer litmus tests to determine who is a “true” Republican, there will be more “extreme left-wing” policies coming down the pipeline.

As a former Wyoming Republican Party chairman and state party committeeman, True was also a member of the RNC for about a decade.

He said that during his time in the Republican Party ranks, officials were more concerned with electing as many Republicans as possible.

“I used to say, ‘Our job is not to play in the primaries, but to make sure we had a credible Republican candidate in every primary,'” True said. “Once we had a credible candidate in every primary, then the party’s role was complete.”

True said there was no question about Cheney’s status as a credible Republican.

“She voted with President Trump more than just about anyone in Congress,” he said. “She certainly does not deserve that kind of treatment from the organized Republican Party. If the voters of Wyoming don’t return her to office, then they have spoken. But that’s not the job of the state central committee or the RNC.”

True was just one of several Republicans who denounced the RNC for censuring Cheney and Kinzinger last week because of their work on the U.S. House committee investigating the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was one of the most prominent dissenting voices.

“This issue is whether or not the RNC should be sort of singling out members of our party who may have different views from the majority. That’s not the job of the RNC,” he added about the censure resolution.

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso had a less direct response, not saying whether or not he supported the RNC’s censure of Cheney during a Fox News interview on Sunday.

“Liz and I disagree. I voted against the Jan. 6 commission. I voted against impeachment twice. We’re going to have a very spirited primary. Liz is going to have to travel the state and make her case to the voters of Wyoming if she wants to get re-elected,” he said.

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Wyoming Republican Party ‘Sets Record Straight’ On Cheney Censure

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The Republican National Committee’s decision to censure U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney last week represented the level of national dissatisfaction with her, according to a statement from the Wyoming Republican Party.

Wyoming GOP officials said they wanted to set the record straight regarding the censure, and even pointed to “misinformation” being spread by news outlets including The Washington Post and WyoFile.

“Dissatisfaction with Rep. Cheney is well known and widely felt in Wyoming,” the party’s statement said. “What’s less understood is this same dissatisfaction is a nationwide response. We’re repeatedly told in messages from Republicans around the nation that Cheney’s influential positions in powerful committees and commissions and her relentless pull away from everything Trump, including long-standing Republican values and policies, is affecting all Republicans.”

Last week, Republican National Committee members overwhelmingly voted to censure both Cheney and U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger for their work on the committee investigating the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

The Wyoming GOP officials argued that the RNC was driven by what it saw as Cheney being “intent on advancing a political agenda to buoy the Democrat Party’s bleak prospects in the upcoming midterm elections.”

They also claimed that Cheney has been fashioning herself as the leader of a new Republican Party for years, pointing to a “Today Show” interview she gave in May 2021 where she said she wanted to be a leader in the fight to restore the party.

“That ‘dangerous effort’ she refers to is the push back by Republicans, like those in Wyoming and the RNC, who recognize that the foundation and basis of their party’s very being is the maintenance of our representative constitutional republic. We are NOT a democracy,” the Wyoming GOP officials said.

During the meeting in Utah last week that saw the RNC adopt the censure, the committee also passed a resolution recognizing congressional candidate Harriet Hageman as the party’s presumptive nominee for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat.

Several media outlets suggested the resolution could allow the RNC to donate money to Hageman’s primary campaign, a violation of Wyoming election law barring donations from political parties in a primary race.

But the Wyoming Republican Party’s officials said neither they nor the RNC had any intention of donating to anyone’s campaign during the primary.

“Wyoming’s RNC members, and our state central committee members fully understand that the Wyoming Republican Party cannot expend funds on a candidate prior to the primary,” the statement said. “(Wyoming law) prohibiting those contributions has not been violated.”

Wyoming GOP Executive Director Kathy Russell did not immediately respond to Cowboy State Daily’s request for comment on Thursday.

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Republican National Committee Formally Censures Cheney, Kinzinger

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Republican National Committee members voted on Friday to formally censure U.S. Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for their work on the House committee investigating the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

According to media reports, the RNC members “overwhelmingly” voted to censure the two representatives during their meeting in Utah.

Kinzinger R-Illinois, has announced that he will not run for office after his term ends, and Cheney has not formally announced her campaign for re-election for Wyoming’s lone House of Representatives seat.

The resolution adopted by the national committee accused the representatives, through their work on the committee, of participating in a “Democrat-led persecution of ordinary citizens who engaged in legitimate political discourse.”

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said that wording in the censure was not referring to the riots at the Capitol but rather the actions taken by the House committee investigating the attacks.

Initially, the resolution proposed removing Cheney and Kinzinger from the House Republican Conference, but ultimately this was changed Thursday to a formal censure.

The resolution was altered due to concerns that the criticism of Cheney and Kinzinger for serving on the committee had gone “too far.”

The Washington Post also reported that in addition to the censure, the RNC made plans to fund a primary challenge against Cheney in Wyoming. State Republican leaders passed a special rule to recognize Harriet Hageman as the party’s presumptive congressional nominee.

Not all congressional Republicans supported the censure, though.

“Shame falls on a party that would censure persons of conscience, who seek truth in the face of vitriol,” U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney said. “Honor attaches to Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for seeking truth even when doing so comes at great personal cost.”

Cheney was ousted from her post as House Republican Conference chair last May following her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for the role he allegedly played in inciting the riot. She has also faced much criticism from Republicans due to her refusal to fall in line with the rest of her party.

Cheney voted with Trump more than 90% of the time before her impeachment vote.

“The leaders of the Republican Party have made themselves willing hostages to a man who admits he tried to overturn a presidential election and suggests he would pardon Jan. 6 defendants, some of whom have been charged with seditious conspiracy,” Cheney said Thursday ahead of the resolution vote.

“I’m a constitutional conservative and I do not recognize those in my party who have abandoned the Constitution to embrace Donald Trump. History will be their judge. I will never stop fighting for our constitutional republic. No matter what.”

A number of conservative officials sent a letter to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, last month, asking him to remove Cheney and Kinzinger from the House Republican Conference.

“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.

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.

The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, still recognizes U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney as a member of the Republican Party, despite the fact the Wyoming Republican Party has voted not to do so.

Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler pointed to the comments she made Thursday as her remarks for the official censure on Friday when asked for a comment on Friday.

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Resolution To Expel Cheney Changed To Censure; “I Don’t Recognize Those In My Party,” Says Cheney

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A resolution under consideration by the national Republican Party that was initially intended to expel U.S. Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger from the House Republican Conference has been changed to call for a censure of the two.

The resolution had been reportedly “watered down” by Republican National Committee members during their annual winter meeting in Salt Lake City, which was held Thursday and was to continue Friday.

“The leaders of the Republican Party have made themselves willing hostages to a man who admits he tried to overturn a presidential election and suggests he would pardon Jan. 6 defendants, some of whom have been charged with seditious conspiracy,” Cheney said Thursday.

“I’m a constitutional conservative and I do not recognize those in my party who have abandoned the Constitution to embrace Donald Trump. History will be their judge. I will never stop fighting for our constitutional republic. No matter what.”

The resolution was altered due to concerns that the attempt Cheney and Kinzinger for serving on the committee investigating the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, had gone “too far.”

If the resolution is approved sometime late Thursday, all 168 RNC members would vote on it Friday. A censure is a formal expression of disapproval with no binding effect.

Cheney was ousted from her post as House Republican Conference chair last May following her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for the role he allegedly played in inciting the riot. She has also faced much criticism from Republicans due to her refusal to fall in line with the rest of her party.

Cheney voted with Trump more than 90% of the time before her impeachment vote.

A number of conservative officials sent a letter to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, last month, asking him to remove Cheney and Kinzinger from the House Republican Conference.

“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.

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.

The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, still recognizes U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney as a member of the Republican Party, despite the fact the Wyoming Republican Party has voted not to do so.

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More Than 50 GOP Officials Support Removing Cheney, Kinzinger From House GOP

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More than 50 members of the Republican Party’s National Committee are supporting a proposal to remove U.S. Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger from the House Republican Conference.

The proposal will be introduced this week during the RNC’s winter conference in Salt Lake City.

“The leaders of the Republican Party have made themselves willing hostages to a man who admits he tried to ‘overturn’ a presidential election and suggests he would pardon Jan. 6 defendants, some of whom have been charged with seditious conspiracy,” Cheney said this week. “I’m a constitutional conservative and I do not recognize those in my party who have abandoned the Constitution to embrace Donald Trump. History will be their judge. I will never stop fighting for our constitutional republic. No matter what.” 

The resolution is intended as a punishment for Cheney and Kinzinger for their positions on the committee investigating the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. If approved by a resolutions committee meeting on Thursday, all 168 RNC members would vote on it Friday, according to CNN.

“We want to make a statement. This is an inquisition, and we just feel like they are trying to dig up anything they can but that it’s one-sided,” Jonathan Barnett, a national committeeman from Arkansas who is among the resolution’s co-sponsors, told CNN Tuesday. “We don’t understand Liz and Adam. There’s just a lot of frustration with the Jan. 6 committee and we don’t think there’s any representation on the Republican side.”

Cheney was ousted from her post as House Republican Conference chair last May following her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for the role he allegedly played in inciting the riot. She has also faced much criticism from Republicans due to her refusal to fall in line with the rest of her party.

Cheney voted with Trump more than 90% of the time before her impeachment vote.

A number of conservative officials sent a letter to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, last month, asking him to remove Cheney and Kinzinger from the House Republican Conference.

“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.

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.

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Wyoming Seventh In Fundraising For Cheney; California Leads Followed by Virginia, Florida, New York

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney’s fundraising campaign raised more money from individual donations from five other states and Washington, D.C., in the first nine months of 2021 than it did in Wyoming, according to federal reports.

Federal Election Commission showed that Wyoming individuals contributed $176,530 to Cheney’s campaign through the first three quarters of the year, which ended Sept. 30, less than individuals in California, Virginia, New York, Florida, Texas or Washington, D.C.

California residents donated $428,807, followed by Virginia at $351,860, New York at $299,570, Florida at $291,485, Texas at $220,844 and Washington, D.C., at $191,038. The contributions from those six areas made up more than 46.7% of all of Cheney’s individual donations through the nine-month period.

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

Meanwhile, FEC reports filed Monday showed that of the almost $7.2 million raised by Cheney throughout 2021, $2 million was raised in the final quarter of the year, which the Cheney campaign said was a record for her fundraising efforts in a single quarter.

Individual contributions continue to make up the bulk of Cheney’s fundraising at $5.6 million of the $7.2 million she has raised.

Harriet Hageman, one of Cheney’s presumptive GOP primary challengers, raised $443,450 in the last quarter of the year to more than double the amount of money raised since the beginning of her campaign to $745,381.

The reports showed that most of Hageman’s contributions throughout her campaign, $718,381, also came from individuals, while $21,000 came from political action committees.

Hageman entered the race for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat in September, winning the endorsement of former President Donald Trump hours later.

After Hageman entered the race, several other candidates stopped their campaigns, including state Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, who raised $1,371 in the last quarter of the year despite having withdrawn from the race. His report showed he also returned $17,700 in donations during the quarter.

State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, who remained in the race after Hageman’s entry, raised $25,477 during the last quarter of the year, his reports said, bringing his fundraising total to $638,338 since he began his campaign. All of Bouchard’s contributions have come from individuals, the report said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story originally reported in error that donations from Wyoming individuals for the campaign of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in 2021 ran behind donations from individuals in five other states and Washington, D.C.
In fact, the reporting period for in-state and out-of state donations covered the first nine months of 2021, ending on Sept. 30.
The mistake was the result of reporter error.
All of the other fundraising figures reported in the story covered the full year.

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Romney To Stump For Cheney At Fundraiser In March

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U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, will help raise money for U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney at a fundraiser in March, according to reports released Wednesday.

News outlet Reuters saw an invitation for a fundraiser being held March 14 at the home of Bobbie Kilberg, a Virginia Republican, that mentioned Romney.

Other guests stumping for Cheney at the event are to include Republican figures and critics of former President Donald Trump such as former Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, lobbyist Charlie Black, and former Vice President Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney’s father.

Cheney has become an outspoken critic of Trump since the Jan. 6, 2021, invasion of the U.S. Capitol. She was one of the few Republicans to vote to impeach him on allegations he incited the invasion, a vote that cost her the position of House Conference chair.

Romney, a former presidential candidate, was the sole Republican in the Senate to vote to impeach Trump in 2020 on charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.

Dick Cheney joined his daughter to commemorate the anniversary of the riot earlier this month and ripped into Republican Party members for their refusal to acknowledge how dangerous the day’s events truly were.

“The importance of Jan. 6 as an historic event cannot be overstated,” Dick Cheney said. “I was honored and proud to join my daughter on the House floor to recognize this anniversary, to commend the heroic actions of law enforcement of that day and reaffirm our dedication to the Constitution.

“I am deeply disappointed at the failure of many members of my party to recognize the grave nature of the Jan. 6 attacks and the ongoing threat to our nation,” the former vice president continued.

Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler did not immediately respond to Cowboy State Daily’s request for comment on Wednesday.

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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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Hageman Tells Hannity That Liz Cheney Is Just The Same As Nancy Pelosi

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is as much an adversary to the Republican Party as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, congressional candidate Harriet Hageman told Fox News.

Hageman again attacked Cheney during an appearance on Sean Hannity’s television show last week.

“She’s as adversarial to the Republican Party as is Nancy Pelosi,” Hageman said. “She’s not representing the state of Wyoming. She’s not doing the work that we sent her to Washington, D.C. to do and it’s time for Liz Cheney to be replaced.”

Hageman also said that while she had supported Cheney in the past, she did not support her any longer.

Hannity is also no fan of Cheney, especially after the representative revealed text messages Hannity sent to former President Donald Trump’s chief of staff on the day of the U.S. Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021.

Hannity questioned why Pelosi and other figures had not yet been questioned by the committee investigating the invasion, which is co-chaired by Cheney. He and Hageman said Pelosi and the mayor of Washington, D.C., did not address security concerns prior to the invasion.

“This is a witch hunt. This is about going after Donald Trump,” Hageman said, echoing similar sentiments uttered by Trump himself.

Hageman received an endorsement from Trump just hours after announcing her congressional campaign in the fall. Two candidates, Cheyenne attorney Darin Smith and Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, dropped out following her campaign announcement.

Hageman added during the Hannity appearance that Democrats and Cheney were out to destroy Trump with the Jan. 6 committee.

Cheney voted with Trump more than 90% of the time during his time in office, more than many of her Republican detractors.

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Wyoming’s Delegation Unimpressed With Biden’s Second News Conference

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President Joe Biden’s recent news conference missed the mark on foreign relations, and the economy, according to the members of Wyoming’s congressional delegation.

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis all made critical comments about Biden’s news conference Wednesday, the first time he has spoken with reporters for several months.

Cheney singled out Biden’s comments about tension between Russia and Ukraine for criticism.

“President Biden’s description of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine as a ‘minor incursion’ was deeply troubling & dangerous,” Cheney said. “Putin must understand that any Russian invasion will be met with a swift and overwhelming response from the US and our NATO allies.”

She was referring to a question Biden was asked about the possibility of a Cold War with Russia. Biden said he expected Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine, but U.S. and NATO allies would respond with “severe costs and significant harm on Russia and the Russian economy.”

Biden used the news conference to describe his first year in office as a year of challenges, but also of progress, while discussing his plans for upcoming months.

Biden said he expects his proposed action on social issues and climate change will have to be broken up to clear Congress, meaning some of his top priorities, such as child care, may be dropped.

Lummis told Cowboy State Daily on Thursday it appears that Biden is not aware of the challenges being faced by American citizens.

“It seems like he is completely unaware of what people in Wyoming and across the country are facing every day. Empty shelves, higher prices, and stagnant wages are just the tip of the iceberg,” she said. “Instead of being a unity president, he is taking every opportunity to point fingers and shift blame. The White House branded this press conference as a reset, and I truly hope it is, but it felt like more of the same. The people of Wyoming deserve better from their President.”

Barrasso had similar comments during a Senate floor speech on Wednesday afternoon, saying that the White House did not have a communication problem with Biden, it had an agenda problem.

“The White House seems to think that the cure for Joe Biden’s poll numbers is more communications from Joe Biden,” he said. “The White House doesn’t have a communications problem. It has an agenda problem. The American people understand exactly what President Biden and Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi are trying to sell. The American people aren’t buying it. Democrats don’t need a message reset. They need a better agenda for the nation.”

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Trump Says Cheney Polling At 16% As Jan. 6 Committee Continues To Investigate

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Former President Donald Trump lashed out at one of his favorite targets, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, during a rally in Arizona over the weekend, claiming her approval rating is at 16%.

Trump held a rally on Saturday and railed against various political foes, touching on both Cheney and the committee investigating the Capitol invasion of Jan. 6, 2021, on which she serves as vice-chair.

“Now the radical Democrats have yet another witch hunt no different from Russia, Russia, Russia, the ‘unselect’ committee of political hacks,” he said. “They’re Democratic hacks and they’re vicious and every one of them voted to impeach me.”

Without citing a source, Trump claimed Cheney has an approval rating of 16%. SoCo Strategies said a poll it conducted in December showed support for Cheney among 18.8% of those questioned, compared to 38.6% who supported Harriet Hageman, who has won Trump’s endorsement in her bid to unseat Cheney.

Trump also attacked U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger during the rally, the only other Republican serving on the committee.

Trump’s Arizona rally was originally scheduled for Jan. 6, but was rescheduled after the former president was criticized for holding a rally on the one-year anniversary of the attack.

Cheney’s committee has interviewed dozens of sources about the events leading up to and surrounding the day of Jan. 6, 2021, when rioters stormed the Capitol as Congress was finalizing presidential election results that would showed President Joe Biden to be the victor over Trump.

Since the election, Trump has regularly claimed that it was “stolen” from him, although no evidence has been substantiated.

Last week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, said he would not cooperate with a request from the committee to voluntarily provide information about the incident, including details about 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.

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

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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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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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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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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 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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Cheney On Jan. 6 Committee Update: “The Truth Will Come Out”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The congressional investigation into the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol is “firing on all cylinders,” U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said Thursday.

Cheney, in a series of tweets, gave an update on Thursday on the activities of the House select committee tasked with looking into the riot, saying the body is confident it will win a federal court case regarding documents held by former President Donald Trump.

“We have litigated and won Trump’s executive privilege case in Federal District Court. The Federal Appellate Court has expedited the appeal, and we anticipate a ruling regarding many more Trump White House documents soon,” she wrote. “Do not be misled: President Trump is trying to hide what happened on January 6th and to delay and obstruct. We will not let that happen. The truth will come out.”

Cheney won a spot on the committee after voting for Trump’s impeachment on allegations he spurred the crowd attending a speech he gave to invade the Capitol.

Cheney, one of two Republicans on the committee, said the committee has spoken with more than 300 witnesses so far.

“The Committee has already met with nearly 300 witnesses; we hear from four more key figures in the investigation today. We are conducting multiple depositions and interviews every week,” she wrote in the first tweet.

The committee has received “exceptionally” interesting and important documents from a number of witnesses, including former President Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, who apparently has turned over “many” texts from his private cell phone from Jan. 6, she said.

According to CNN, Meadows is suing the committee and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and is asking a federal court to block enforcement of a subpoena the committee issued him, as well as one it issued to Verizon for his phone records.

The committee recently indicated it would pursue a criminal contempt referral against Meadows due to his refusal to sit for a deposition in the investigation.

Following the Capitol riot, Cheney was one of the few Republicans to vote to impeach Trump for allegedly inciting it. Many of the protestors were Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol as Congress was preparing to vote to confirm the results of November’s general election and verify President Joe Biden as the winner.

Trump has regularly claimed that the election was stolen, with no proof. Cheney has regularly called him out for lying, and has had her role in the congressional Republican Party reduced for stepping out of line with the rest of her colleagues.

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Rep. Crenshaw Says “Lies” Are Being Told by Hageman & Other Republicans On Immunization Bill

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Just one day after U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney blasted her congressional opponent for spreading misinformation regarding a bill she voted in favor of, another GOP representative criticized similar statements made by other Republicans, calling them “lies.”

The bill — The Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act — would provide funds to improve existing immunization information systems in place in most states and improve the sharing of information.

House candidate Harriet Hageman on Thursday said the bill represents a “massive intrusion into most basic personal privacy” and criticized Cheney’s support for the bill in the House.

“This is straight out of George Orwell, and the fact that Liz Cheney thinks the federal government has the right to know your personal medical information to help Joe Biden enforce his unconstitutional mandates shows you that she has lost her mind,” Hageman said.

However, U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy Seal and one of the most well-known younger members of Congress, posted a series of short videos to social media to debunk similar statements being spread in the Republican Party about the bill.

“Every Republican up here…knows that that particular bill, which was Republican-led, actually makes it harder to track vaccine information on the individual level,” the Texas Republican said. “It actually decreases the amount of money that originally allocated for these systems by the Biden administration.”

Crenshaw, like Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler did on Thursday, clarified that immunization information systems have been in states for many years, but Republicans wanted states to use the money given from the federal government to make the vaccine data anonymous.

“So, the Republicans screaming about this bill, saying it’s bad, it does the exact opposite of what they’re saying, and they know that but they also don’t like explaining votes to you. That’s the truth,” Crenshaw concluded.

Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler told Cowboy State Daily on Thursday that it was dangerous for Hageman to spread misinformation like she is.

“Harriet Hageman is a lawyer. She would know the truth about this bill if she read it. Did she read it? Or did she allow her advisors to send out a false press release that misinforms the people of Wyoming?” Adler said Friday.

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