Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., called on her colleagues to cut off former President Donald Trump as his second Senate impeachment trial is set to begin this week.
Cheney, the third-ranking House Republican, was one of 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of impeaching Trump last month for his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Cheney was censured by her state party over the vote and is facing a primary challenge, though she easily won a vote of confidence last week to remain House Republican Conference chair.
“We have to take a really hard look at who we are and what we stand for and what we believe in,” Cheney told “Fox News Sunday.” “I think when you look at both [Trump’s] actions leading up to Jan. 6, that he was impeached in a bipartisan fashion, the fact that he lost the presidency, we lost the Senate. We have to be in a position where we say we stand for principles, for ideals.”
“We should not be embracing the former president,” she added.
After a vote in which 45 Senate Republicans sought to declare Trump’s impeachment trial unconstitutional because he has already left office, it appears highly unlikely the former president will be convicted as at least 67 votes are needed to do so. But Cheney said that in terms of accountability for the former president’s role in the riot, the Senate trial “is a snapshot.”
“There’s a massive criminal investigation underway, there will be a massive criminal investigation of everything that happened on Jan. 6 and in the days before,” Cheney said. “People will want to know exactly what the president was doing. They will want to know, for example, whether the tweets that he sent out calling Vice President Pence a coward while the attack was underway, whether that tweet for example was a premeditated effort to provoke violence.”
“There are a lot of questions that have to be answered and there will be many many criminal investigations looking at every aspect of this and everyone who was involved, as there should be,” she said.
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