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Liz Cheney Says Jan. 6 Labor Is Worth Losing Her House Seat;  committee may subpoena Ginni Thomas


Rep. Liz Cheney said Sunday she was working hard to get re-elected this year and fend off a Trump-endorsed lead challenger — but if her time investigating the former president for the House committee on Jan. 6 leads to her defeat , “there is no question” it will have been worth it.

“I believe my work on this committee is the most important thing I’ve ever done professionally,” Cheney, R-Wyo., said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It’s an incredible honor to represent the people of Wyoming in Congress. And I know that all of us who are elected take an oath that we take an oath before God to the Constitution.”

“That oath must mean something,” she continued. “And that oath means we cannot embrace and allow a president as dangerous as Donald Trump is.”

Cheney has become perhaps the strongest anti-Trump voice in the GOP and, as deputy chairman of the House panel, has become a public face for hearings this summer detailing a year-long investigation into the events surrounding the Capitol insurrection.

Vice President Liz Cheney arrives after a break as the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 21, 2022.

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Despite her conservative record – which largely aligns with Trump on the issues – Cheney was repudiated by many in her party for helping lead the House inquiry on January 6 after voting with a handful of others Republicans to impeach Trump last year.

The GOP caucus kicked her out of the House leadership shortly after her impeachment vote, and her state party censured her.

Last fall, Trump – who denies any wrongdoing on January 6 – backed Harriet Hageman’s main challenge to Cheney, saying in a statement: “Harriet has my full and complete approval to replace the number one supplier of sound bites of the Democrats, Liz Cheney.”

The vote is scheduled for August 16.

“I’m fighting hard. No matter what happens on August 16, I’m going to wake up on August 17 and keep fighting to ensure that Donald Trump is never near the Oval Office again,” Cheney said. on CNN. But she recognized the cost.

“If I have to choose between keeping a seat in the House of Representatives or protecting the constitutional republic and ensuring that the American people know the truth about Donald Trump, I will choose the Constitution and the truth every day,” she said. declared. .

It echoes what she said on ABC’s “This Week” earlier this month: “The most important thing is to protect the nation from Donald Trump. And I think that matters to us as a Americans more than anything else, and that’s why my work on the committee is so important.”

“I have no intention of losing the Republican primary,” she said at the time.

Liz Cheney Says Jan. 6 Labor Is Worth Losing Her House Seat;  committee may subpoena Ginni Thomas

A billboard urges voters to vote for Harriet Hageman, who is running against incumbent Rep. Liz Cheney in the Republican primary election outside Cheyenne, Wyo., July 19, 2022.

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On CNN, she also spoke about the status of the committee’s investigation, which she said continued even after the panel’s summer hearings concluded. More are expected in the fall.

“We have a number of scheduled interviews coming up. We plan to speak to other members of the President’s cabinet. We plan to speak to other members of his campaign,” Cheney said, adding, “We are also very focused on the Secret Service and interviewing other members of the Secret Service and gathering additional information from them.”

Cheney said potential witnesses were prompted by the testimony of former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who told a hearing last month, in part, that she was told that Trump physically lashed out when his security details prevented him from going to the Capitol to join his supporters.

The Secret Service has since said they will formally respond to Hutchinson’s account.

They also said the agency’s text messages from the days around Jan. 6 were deleted — inadvertently — as part of a technology issue, though the House committee is pushing for answers.

“We’ll get to the bottom of it,” Cheney said Sunday.

Liz Cheney Says Jan. 6 Labor Is Worth Losing Her House Seat;  committee may subpoena Ginni Thomas

Liz Cheney holds a press conference after launching her campaign against Sen. Mike Enzion in Casper, Wyo., on July 17, 2013.

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Among the figures neighboring Trump in talks with the panel is conservative activist Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who has repeatedly urged Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows to try to overturn the 2020 election results.

“The committee is engaged with her attorney. We certainly hope she will agree to come voluntarily. But the committee is fully prepared to consider a subpoena if she doesn’t,” Cheney said on CNN.

“Hopefully it doesn’t come to that,” Cheney said. “I hope she comes willingly.”

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