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Liz Cheney Leads January 6th Committee in Getting to the Bottom of What Happened During the Attack on the Capitol

Liz Cheney Leads January 6th Committee in Getting to the Bottom of What Happened During the Attack on the Capitol

Liz Cheney is Vice Chair of the January 6th Committee and has played a key role in getting the truth out to the American people.  The Republican from Wisconsin, Cheney, laid out the unconstitutional behavior that led to the attack on the Capitol. 

 

“What the president wanted the vice president to do was not just wrong; it was illegal and unconstitutional,” Cheney said of Trump’s plan to have Pence stop the counting of electoral votes on January 6th.

 

Throughout the hearings, Cheney shared the testimonies of top White House advisors admitting they knew the president had lost the election. Former Attorney General Bill Barr, for example, testified that the president’s claims of election fraud were “bogus.”

Getting to the Bottom of the Attack

Throughout the hearings, Cheney has described how the former president “oversaw and coordinated a sophisticated seven-part plan to overturn the presidential election and prevent the transfer of presidential power” over multiple months. 

 

Cheney pointed out that on January 6th, “not only did President Trump refuse to tell the mob to leave the Capitol, he placed no call to any element of the U.S. government to instruct that the Capitol be defended.”

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It wasn’t until 6:01 p.m. that Trump told the Capitol attackers to go home “with love & in peace” in a tweet. 

Cheney Almost Always Sided with Trump—Until January 6th

A look at Cheney’s beliefs and congressional voting record reveals how closely her views align with former President Trump’s. 

 

In her first term, 2017-18, Cheney voted in accordance with Trump’s beliefs over 95 percent of the time. In her second term, Cheney aligned with Trump 93 percent of the time. Even then, when they disagreed, it was when Cheney took a more conservative approach than Trump. 

 

Throughout Trump’s tenure, Cheney backed his policies and administration. The attack on the capitol, when her life and the lives of other elected leaders were put at risk, is where Cheney broke with Trump. 

 

Cheney chose to serve as the Vice Chair of the January 6th Select Committee to put American democracy before any single politician – even her own chances at reelection.  As the hearings continue, Cheney’s focus on finding the truth continues to help Americans know who were the patriots on January 6th.