The Wyoming Republican launched one her greatest lies when Rep. Liz Cheney was appointed vice chairman of January 6 Select Committee by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Cheney said she took the job to ensure the committee would achieve its goal of conducting a “nonpartisan, professional, and thorough investigation” of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.
But her time on panel has not been nonpartisanProfessional, thorough, or professional.
She was there from the beginning to help Donald Trump get the scales. Cheney didn’t act judiciously nor fairly at any time.
She came to the select panel with the mindset of an imprisoned judge. Before the panel was done investigating, she claimed that Trump’s actions on Jan. 6 were both unconstitutional as well as illegal.
Pelosi had a lot of power over the panel, and Cheney knew it from the beginning. This was despite the fact that many prominent jurists believed that Trump was innocent.
Two liberal publications, The Washington Post and The New York Times—both of which loathe the former president—took that exact position in their news stories. Instead of finding him guilty of any criminal conduct, they found him innocent of all the serious charges that Liz Cheney and her Democratic allies leveled against him.
But that’s not the point. Cheney not only brazenly tilted facts in a way as to put Trump behind bars, but in this crucial midterm election year, she began working overtime to purge from public office several conservative GOP lawmakers who also don’t think that the former president committed a crime. Her actions will be rewarded if she is successful. widen the Democratic majority in both the Senate and the House.
Here’s a reminder of how Cheney collaborated with Pelosi to transform the January 6 Select Committee into the kangaroo court that it became. Its rules gave the speaker complete authority to appoint eight of its members without having to consult any Republican. She selected all the Democrats from the anti-Trump side.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was initially permitted to appoint five, but only with the speaker’s approval. Cheney, who had previously claimed that President Trump was guilty of criminal conduct, was Pelosi’s first Republican choice to serve on the committee. She never disagreed in any way with Pelosi’s partisan tactics. Nor did she take issue with Pelosi when the only other Republican she chose was Rep. Adam Kinzinger from Illinois, who, along with Cheney, had voted for Trump’s impeachment.
More Pelosi-related stacking was to follow. On July 21, 2020, the speaker blocked two of McCarthy’s choices, Republicans Jim Jordan of Ohio, and Jim Banks of Indiana—both of whom supported Trump’s decision to contest the election.
The election challenge was legal and had been attempted by Democrats several times in this century. Nancy Pelosi vigorously supported the latter and could have made then Senator John Kerry, D. Mass. president in 2005. (See Karl Rove’s splendid history lesson Sept. 7 The Wall Street Journal.
Cheney had a chance to partially redeem herself with her Republican colleagues by coming to McCarthy’s defense and telling Pelosi that the January 6 committee would never be viewed as an impartial body if it didn’t permit any pro-Trump lawmakers as participants. She was not in a mood to be conciliatory. Instead, she rushed to issue a statement on the Capitol steps, remarking: “I agree with what the Speaker has done.” Translated, she agreed with Pelosi’s decision to make it impossible for the ex-president to get a fair hearing.
Even The New York Times felt that Cheney had abused their authority. In a front page article, the Times told its readers that the committee is employing prosecutorial techniques “typically used against mobsters and terrorists” as it seeks to “develop evidence that could prompt a criminal case” against Trump and his allies.
The Times then pointedly noted that the select committee “has no authority to pursue criminal charges.”
Cheney has never stopped manipulating the facts to get Trump indicted. Even though she has never produced any evidence to support her insane obsession, Recent statements by Cheney claimed that Trump, the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys were conspiring to overthrow the U.S. government.
The Wall Street Journal—which has relentlessly trashed Trump’s “stolen election” theory—said her “seditious conspiracy” accusation was in no way persuasive and that Cheney “offered no evidence” that Trump had communicated directly with either group.
Surely that tells us all we need to know about Cheney’s “character,” an attribute she says too many other Republicans lack.
The Washington Post completed a remarkable report back in January quoting distinguished prosecutors, defense lawyers, law professors, and judges on whether our country’s former chief executive would be criminally charged for any of his actions on Jan. 6, 2021—or even on the days leading up to that event.
The Post didn’t think so. Did Trump encourage the crowd marching to Capitol to engage in violence as many Americans believe? “There is no evidence,” the Post stressed, “that he knew they planned to storm the building.” Repeat: “no evidence.”
The record clearly shows that Trump repeatedly told the section of the crowd marching to the Capitol to do it peacefully.
The Post raised major doubts that Trump could even be prosecuted for demanding that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger come up with enough votes to overcome Biden’s lead in the Peach State. “I just wanted to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” Trump told Raffensperger.
Even “never Trumpers” found this language disturbing. He might have been vulnerable to federal criminal prosecution if he had let that “request” stand. But he added this mitigating comment, which his enemies usually omit: “Because we won the state.”
According to The Times and The Post, credible legal experts said that if the former president truly believed that the election was stolen he would not be able to be charged with any crime for contesting it.
“The key to pretty much all these crimes he’s been accused of,” former federal prosecutor Randall Ellison told the Post, “would be proving corrupt intent.” But there would be no corrupt intent if Trump could argue there was an overload of seemingly credible election fraud to challenge a Biden victory and that his key legal adviser on elections had told him that Vice President Mike Pence could deny Biden the presidency. John Eastman, the adviser, said that Pence had this authority. Pence famously repudiated Eastman’s advice.)
The Times interviewed other constitutional experts who thought it would be difficult for him to prove that he violated any laws relating to the chaos of Jan. 6.
Daniel L. Zelenko is a former prosecutor and defense lawyer who sided alongside Ellison. “The key,” he told The Times, “is having contemporaneous evidence that Trump knew the election was not stolen, but tried to stay in power anyway.”
Samuel W. Buell from Duke University was also a Duke University law professor. “You need to show,” he told The Times, “that he knew what he was doing was wrongful and had no legal basis.” No such evidence has materialized, though that hasn’t deterred Cheney from obsessing over ways to put Trump in an orange jumpsuit.
Every Republican knows the stakes in the November elections. The House is barely—but clearly—controlled by the Democrats as passage of the $739 billion Inflation Reduction Act reveals. All Democrats voted in favor of the Inflation Reduction Act, while all Republicans voted against it. The final vote was 220 – 207.
The Democrats in Senate, which is 50-50 divided between Democrats (including two nominal Independents) and Republicans, won the day when Vice President Kamala Hariri cast the decisive vote for the administration.
But Cheney has become so vengeful that her current tactics are not only focused on Trump, but every Republican who doesn’t roundly condemn him.
She maintains Republican values but is doing all she can to help Democrats and stop the efforts of GOP party stalwarts who want to increase their margins in Congress.
Her attack against her party provides Democrats with a wealth of verbal ammunition that Democrats almost certainly will use to defeat Republicans in November. She has already accused GOP lawmakers of palling around with “antisemites” and “enemies” of the U.S. Constitution for failing to embrace her view that Trump is guilty of criminal conduct.
She believes McCarthy, the GOP leader of the House, is too ignorant to hold public office. She harshly criticised Republicans who believed that investigations should be conducted into significant vote fraud allegations, before Congress approved the Biden delegations for President.
In her determination to retaliate against her own party’s disregard for her advice, she issued a fatwa addressing three prominent Republican senators in the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as a well-known governor: McCarthy, Sen. Ted Cruz, R.Texas, and Sen. Josh Hawley R.Mo.; and Florida Governor. Ron DeSantis.
And it looks as if she’s eager to hurl similar broadsides against other GOP lawmakers whom she regards as soft on the former president.
Cheney has shown she’s willing to falsify the case against Republicans she dislikes. She has bitterly assailed Cruz as if he had embraced Trump’s assertion that the election was stolen. Cruz never claimed it was. He did call for a 10-day investigation into significant fraud allegations before the Congress certified Biden delegates. But on Jan. 23, 2021—almost two years ago—Cruz condemned Trump’s claims as “reckless and irresponsible” since he was relying on speculation and had never produced any proof.
Cheney will not be offended.
Her outbursts against DeSantis were especially puzzling. Unlike Cheney, DeSantis thinks the best way to return the country to sound Republican policies that Cheney says she still embraces —she voted for Trump’s policies 93% of the time—is to expand the conservative Republican influence in Congress. When asked if she would support the Florida governor for president, she instantly rebuffed the request.
Is it possible that Trump had enlisted the support of the governor in declaring that the election was stolen. No. He had questioned presidential delegates who had been given to Biden. There is no evidence to support this. His unforgivable sin? She assailed DeSantis for campaigning for GOP candidates whom she accused of being “election deniers.” According to her broad definition, that means every Republican who may not share her minority view in the legal community that Trump should go to jail for what occurred on Jan. 6.
If Republicans follow her lead, the Democrats would be more likely to keep control of the Senate and the House in November, with a larger margin in both chambers and the defeat of a core of solid GOP officeholders—some of whom have an excellent chance of winning the White House in 2024.
Wyoming Republicans are wise turned against herShe can still cause great harm.
The final report of January 6 Select Committee, in which Cheney was determined to play a significant role, is expected closer to election day. The final report of the January 6 Select Committee will likely be a document that will devastate both Trump and scores Republican lawmakers for what transpired on Jan. 6, 2021.
Cheney will then make sure that the most damning charges, whether true or false, are spread nationwide by the Democrats’ media allies. If the Republicans perform poorly this fall the Democrats should throw Liz into a Hollywood-style party.
This article was originally published on Newsmax.
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