Sen. Liz Cheney Calls Out GOP Colleagues Before Bannon Contempt Vote

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) gave a pointy message to her Republican colleagues Tuesday because the House choose committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol assault ready to vote to carry Steve Bannon, a former aide to President Donald Trump, in felony contempt for refusing to adjust to a subpoena.

“Almost every one of my colleagues knows in your hearts that what happened on January 6th was profoundly wrong,” stated Cheney, the vice chair of the choose committee.

“You all know that there is no evidence of widespread election fraud sufficient to overturn the election. You all know that the Dominion voting machines were not corrupted by a foreign power. You know these claims are false. Yet former President Trump repeats them almost daily.”

She implored her colleagues to “consider the fundamental questions of right and wrong here.”

“The American people must know what happened,” she stated. “They must know the truth. All of us who are elected officials must do our duty to prevent the dismantling of the rule of law, and to ensure nothing like that dark day in January ever happens again.”

Cheney, one among two Republicans on the committee, was ousted from her management place within the GOP earlier this yr as a result of she had grow to be more and more vocal about Trump’s function in inciting the Jan. 6 riot and refused to help his electoral fraud lies.

She was amongst 10 Republicans who voted to question Trump for inciting the January assault on Congress.

Earlier in her speech Tuesday, Cheney revealed that it appeared Bannon had “substantial advanced knowledge” of the plans for Jan. 6 and sure had an necessary function in formulating them.

Bannon has refused to cooperate with the investigation. He defied a subpoena issued final month by the committee ordering him at hand over information of his communications with the White House round Jan. 6, and likewise failed to seem earlier than the committee for a listening to final week.

The 9 members of the committee voted unanimously to carry him in contempt of Congress. The felony referral is anticipated to go earlier than the total House for a vote Friday. If handed within the chamber, it might then be referred to the Justice Department.