Pelosi appoints GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger to serve on the January 6 select committee

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.

  • Pelosi has tapped Rep. Adam Kinzinger to serve on the select committee that will investigate the January 6 Capitol attack.
  • “When duty calls, I will always answer,” the congressman said in accepting the appointment.
  • Pelosi hopes to add additional Republicans to the committee in the coming days.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday named GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois to the select committee set to investigate the January 6 Capitol attack.

During a morning appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” the California Democrat said she would have to consult with Kinzinger about the committee, who has been one of the most prominent Republican voices against former President Donald Trump’s influence within the party.

Shortly after Pelosi’s television appearance, Kinzinger released a statement confirming that he would join the committee.

“Today, I was asked by the Speaker to serve on the House Select Committee to Investigate January 6th and I humbly accepted,” he wrote. “I will work diligently to ensure we get to the truth and hold those responsible for the attack fully accountable.”

He added: “For months, I have said that the American people deserve transparency and truth on how and why thousands showed up to attack our democracy, and ultimately, what led to the insurrection at the US Capitol Complex on January 6, 2021. … Let me be clear, I’m a Republican dedicated to conservative values, but I swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution – and while this is not the position I expected to be in or sought out, when duty calls, I will always answer.”

In a statement, Pelosi praised Kinzinger for joining the committee.

“He brings great patriotism to the Committee’s mission: to find the facts and protect our Democracy,” she said.

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When asked on ABC if she planned to appoint additional Republicans to the panel, Pelosi expressed her support.

“That would be my plan … other Republicans have expressed an interest to serve on the select committee,” she said.

GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who in May was removed from her leadership role as House Republican Conference Chair over her criticism of Trump, will be a part of the committee.

Kinzinger and Cheney were among 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in January for “incitement of insurrection” over his role in the riot.

Last week, Pelosi rejected the selection of GOP Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio to the committee investigating the Capitol riot, citing “concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members.”

Banks and Jordan are both deeply conservative and longtime Trump loyalists. The two men also voted to challenge President Joe Biden’s Electoral College certification, but Pelosi said that the vote did not drive her decision to boot them from the committee.

After Pelosi’s decision, GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California said that he would pull every Republican member from the committee and pursue a separate Jan. 6 investigation, an effort that the speaker dismissed last week.

Pelosi indicated last week that she could back the appointments of McCarthy’s other committee picks, which included GOP Reps. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, and Troy Nehls of Texas.

However, on “This Week,” the speaker doubled down on her opposition to Banks and Jordan being a part of the panel.

“The two that I would not appoint are people who would jeopardize the integrity of the investigation,” she said. “There’s no way I would tolerate their antics as we seek the truth.”

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Liz Cheney calls Kevin McCarthy’s January 6 rhetoric ‘disgraceful’ and says his lack of ‘commitment to the Constitution’ should disqualify him from being House speaker if GOP wins in 2022

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Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming, speaks to the press at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on May 12, 2021.

  • Rep. Liz Cheney blasted House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday over the January 6 committee.
  • She called his comments on Pelosi’s select committee “disingenuous.”
  • Cheney also said McCarthy should not be considered for the House speakership if the GOP wins in 2022.
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Rep. Liz Cheney on Wednesday blasted House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy over his “disingenuous” comments about the select committee to investigate the January 6 Capitol insurrection.

“The rhetoric that we have heard from the minority leader is disingenuous,” Cheney told reporters at the Capitol, adding that the riot was “an attack on our Constitution.”

“At every opportunity, the minority leader has attempted to prevent the American people from understanding what happened to block this investigation,” she continued. “The idea that anybody would be playing politics with an attack on the United States Capitol is despicable and disgraceful.”

The Wyoming Republican further criticized McCarthy by suggesting that he should not be considered for the House speakership if the GOP wins back the House in the 2022 midterm elections.

“Any person who would be third in line to the presidency must demonstrate a commitment to the Constitution and a commitment to the rule of law, and minority leader McCarthy has not done that,” she said.

Cheney’s comments came shortly after McCarthy said House Republicans will conduct their own probe into the Capitol riot, separate from the January 6 select committee that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched.

It’s unclear what exactly the House GOP investigation will focus on, but McCarthy broadly pointed to the law enforcement failures on the day of the riot.

“Why was the Capitol so ill-prepared for that day … and what have we done to make sure that never happens again?” McCarthy said Wednesday.

McCarthy went on to criticize Pelosi’s efforts to investigate the insurrection, calling the committee a “sham process” and overly partisan.

The top GOP lawmaker originally recommended five House Republicans to join Pelosi’s select committee, including Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio, two Congress members who objected to the 2020 election certification on January 6.

But McCarthy pulled all of his recommendations and threatened to launch his own investigation in response to Pelosi rejecting his picks, Banks and Jordan, from serving on the committee. Pelosi agreed to McCarthy’s three other GOP appointments, Reps. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Troy Nehls of Texas.

“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee,” Pelosi said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision,” she added.

Cheney backed Pelosi’s move on Wednesday, telling reporters that the top Democrat is dedicated to carrying out a serious investigation, whereas McCarthy is not.

Pelosi picked Cheney to serve on the select committee earlier this month. The lawmaker has been ostracized by her GOP colleagues, including McCarthy, who voted to oust her from her leadership position in May over her pushback on former President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election.

“The American people deserve to know what happened. People who did this must be held accountable,” Cheney said Wednesday. “There must be an investigation that is nonpartisan, that is sober, that is serious, that gets to the facts wherever they may lead.”

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Ted Cruz mulls 2024 presidential bid, says his 2016 campaign ‘was the most fun I’ve ever had in my life’

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) heads to a vote on the Senate floor on June 8, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • Sen. Ted Cruz said he’s “certainly looking” at a 2024 presidential bid.
  • “I’ll tell you, 2016 was the most fun I’ve ever had in my life,” he told Newsmax on Thursday.
  • Cruz lost the 2016 GOP presidential nomination to then-candidate Donald Trump.
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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said he’s thinking about a 2024 bid for the White House in an interview on Thursday evening.

“Well, sure, I’m certainly looking at it,” Cruz said during an appearance on Newsmax.

“I’ll tell you, 2016 was the most fun I’ve ever had in my life,” he continued, reflecting on his last presidential campaign.

The Texas senator was the first candidate to run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, eventually facing a crowded field of 17 opponents, including real estate mogul and celebrity Donald Trump.

Cruz had held a strong position in the primary elections, yet Trump repeatedly garnered the most Republican support as the frontrunner. Cruz dropped out of the race in May after he lost the Indiana primary to Trump.

“We came incredibly close, had an incredible grassroots army,” Cruz told Newsmax.

At the time, Cruz refused to endorse Trump once he became the presumptive GOP nominee. The two bitterly feuded for months on the campaign trail, infamously attacking each other’s wives and lobbing insults at one another.

“It’s not easy to tick me off. I don’t get angry often, but if you mess with my wife, if you mess with my kids, that will do it every time,” Cruz told reporters after Trump tweeted a photo mocking Cruz’s wife. “Donald, you’re a sniveling coward and leave Heidi the hell alone.”

Over the past four years, the two have become allies. Cruz was one of the many GOP officials that perpetuated Trump’s lies that the 2020 race was rigged. The Republican lawmaker also led the challenge to the election results in the Senate.

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle later blasted Cruz’s efforts to discredit the election results. GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming has said that the move should be a “disqualifying” factor in the 2024 race.

Should Cruz run in 2024, Trump could become his opponent yet again, as the former president has left open the possibility of launching his third presidential campaign.

Cruz told Newsmax that his focus right now is on the battle for the Senate in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.

“Whether it is in the Senate, or whether it is in a presidential campaign, I’m committed to fighting to defend free enterprise, to defend freedom, and to defend the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” he said.

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Trump blasts GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who voted for impeachment, as ‘a grandstanding RINO’ and ‘a disgrace’ to Ohio

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio on June 26, 2021.

  • Trump blasted GOP. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez for his impeachment vote following the Jan. 6 riot.
  • The former president gave a speech in support of Max Miller, a former White House aide running against the congressman.
  • Trump derided Gonzalez as “the candidate of Liz Cheney.”
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When the House impeached former President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, 10 Republicans crossed over to join Democrats in the highly consequential vote.

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, a two-term lawmaker who represents a conservative Midwestern district, was one of those Republicans.

Trump has not forgotten about the vote.

The former president, who held a rally in Wellington, Ohio, not far from Cleveland, has already backed former White House aide Max Miller in the GOP primary over Gonzalez in the state’s 16th Congressional district.

On Saturday, Trump made it clear that he was willing to go all-out for Miller as he seeks political vengeance against party members that he deems as “RINOs,” or Republicans in name only, a pejorative generally reserved for members of the party who aren’t considered to be true conservatives.

The former president laced into Gonzalez, a 36-year-old congressman and ally of Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, another Republican who backed Trump’s second impeachment and who was stripped of her leadership role for vocally fighting back against his false election claims.

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Trump called Gonzalez “a grandstanding RINO” who’s “not respected in DC” and rebuked the congressman’s vote for what he calls “the unhinged, unconstitutional illegal impeachment witch hunt.”

“I didn’t get to know him too well,” the former president said of Gonzalez, accusing the congressman of repeatedly asking to fly on Air Force One during his presidency.

“I put him on the plane [Air Force One]. The next time I heard his name, he was impeaching me!” Trump said. “He’s a sellout, he’s a fake Republican and a disgrace to your state. He’s not the candidate that you want representing the Republican Party. … Every single Republican needs to vote him out of office.”

Trump derided Gonzalez as “the candidate of Liz Cheney.”

Before Cheney was removed from her leadership post as Conference Chair, Gonzalez told The Hill in April that if House Republicans couldn’t accept her honesty, then she wasn’t the most suitable person for the role.

“If a prerequisite for leading our conference is continuing to lie to our voters, then Liz is not the best fit,” he said at the time. “Liz isn’t going to lie to people. Liz is going to say what she believes. She’s going to stand on principle. And if that’s going to be distracting for folks, she’s not the best fit. I wish that weren’t the case.”

In the end, Trump’s loyalists continue to run the House GOP apparatus, which continues to give the former president the upper hand within the party.

“After he voted for impeachment, the Ohio GOP censured Gonzalez and demanded that he resign and resign immediately,” the former president said on Saturday. “He’s still hanging in there. Every single Republican needs to vote him out of office.”

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Liz Cheney says it was ‘disgusting and despicable’ for fellow GOP Rep. Paul Gosar to accuse Capitol Police of ‘lying in wait’ for Jan. 6 rioter Ashli Babbitt

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Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.

  • Liz Cheney rebuked Paul Gosar for saying that the Capitol Police “executed” Ashli Babbitt.
  • Babbitt, one of the Jan. 6 rioters, was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer.
  • “It is disgusting and despicable to see Gosar lie about that day,” Cheney said.
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GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming on Tuesday blasted fellow Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona for placing the blame for the death of Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt with the Capitol Police.

Cheney, one of the most prominent Republican critics of former President Donald Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, rebuked Gosar for his comments in a tweet.

“On January 6, as the violent mob advanced on the House chamber, I was standing near @RepGosar and helped him open his gas mask,” she wrote. “The Capitol Police led us to safety. It is disgusting and despicable to see Gosar lie about that day and smear the men and women who defended us.”

During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Tuesday, Gosar questioned FBI director Christopher Wray about Babbitt, who was fatally shot by a Capitol police officer.

After Gosar asked Wray if he knew who “executed” Babbitt, Wray said that he didn’t know the name of the officer who was involved in the shooting.

“It’s disturbing,” Gosar said at the hearing. “The Capitol police officer that did this shooting appeared to be hiding, lying in wait and then gave no warning before killing her.”

Read more: Steve Bannon asked Trump’s DOJ to reimburse more than $1 million in legal fees from the Russia probe

In April, the Department of Justice announced that they would not pursue charges against the officer who shot and killed Babbitt.

In a statement at the time, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said “the investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber.”

On Tuesday, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, a vocal Trump critic, also criticized Gosar for his comments regarding Babbitt.

“You’re sick Paul, sadly,” he tweeted. “Truth is, Ashli was manipulated by people like you and breached an area and put lives in danger despite being repeatedly warned not to. The real criminals are the liars abusing people for political power.”

Since the Jan. 6 riot, some of the most conservative House members have tried to downplay the severity of the attack, including Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia, who described the harrowing scene at the Capitol as similar to a “normal tourist visit.”

Later on Tuesday, Gosar and 20 other House Republicans voted against legislation to award Congressional Gold Medals to police officers who protected lawmakers during the riot.

The legislation easily cleared the House in a 406-21 vote.

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Liz Cheney blasts the GOP-led Arizona election audit as ‘an effort to subvert democracy’

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Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.

  • Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming criticized the Arizona audit as “an effort to subvert democracy.”
  • Cheney has rejected Republican efforts to continue litigating the 2020 presidential election.
  • Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said that “most reasonable people” accept the Nov. results.
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Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who was ousted from the House Republican leadership team over her challenges to former President Donald Trump’s false election claims, blasted the GOP-led election audit being conducted in Arizona.

In a Friday tweet, Cheney said that the Republican-backed examination of ballots in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous jurisdiction, was not truly an audit.

“What is happening in Maricopa County is not an ‘audit.’ It is an effort to subvert democracy,” she wrote.

Cheney, who was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, saw the insurrection as an affront to the rule of law. The riot disrupted the Electoral College certification of President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory and sent lawmakers into secure spaces away from the mayhem that was unfolding at the ornate building.

To Cheney, Trump abdicated his commitment to the secure and peaceful transfer of power, threatening democracy based on debunked election theories that were used to whip up aggrieved supporters who felt that he had been wronged.

After Jan. 6, Cheney refused to waver in her confidence in the election results and her vocal repudiation of Trump, much to the consternation of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who felt as though Cheney wasn’t focused on promoting a unified GOP message ahead of the 2022 elections.

Read more: The Justice Department is scrutinizing Arizona’s pro-Trump vote audit as threats of violence and political fallout loom

After retaining her position as House Republican Conference Chair in a February party vote, Cheney was dismissed from the role last month and replaced with Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York.

The night before her ouster as the No. 3 House Republican, Cheney remained defiant in her efforts against Trump.

“Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar,” she said at the time. “I will not participate in that. I will not sit back and watch in silence while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy.”

Last fall, Biden became the first Democratic presidential nominee since Bill Clinton in 1996 to win Arizona, defeating Trump by a 49.4% to 49.1% margin, an edge of 10,457 votes out of nearly 3.4 million votes cast.

When Biden won Arizona last year, he also carried Maricopa by a 50% to 48% margin.

For decades, Maricopa was one of the most populous Republican-leaning urban centers in the US, powering wins for the party in the state.

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, recently announced her 2022 campaign for the governor and has continued to criticize the audit process as a partisan exercise.

“Nobody thought we would still be dealing with the 2020 election at this point,” she recently told TIME. “Yet here we are. Most reasonable people know that the elections are over. Just like in sports, we have a winner and a loser – and the loser can try again next time.”

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Rep. Liz Cheney rebukes former Trump advisor Michael Flynn for suggesting a coup ‘should happen’ in the US

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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming).

  • Rep. Liz Cheney on Monday pushed back on Michael Flynn’s comments about a coup in the US.
  • “No American should advocate or support the violent overthrow of the United States,” she tweeted.
  • Flynn suggested that a coup, like the one in Myanmar, should happen in the US. He has since walked back his comments.
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Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming rebuked Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, for appearing to endorse a coup in the US similar to the one in Myanmar in February.

“No American should advocate or support the violent overthrow of the United States,” the Republican lawmaker tweeted Monday, referring to comments Flynn made over the weekend at a QAnon conference in Dallas.

Flynn, a keynote speaker at the four-day convention, has peddled conspiracy theories endorsed by the far-right movement, which broadly believes in the existence of a “deep state” cabal of pedophiles.

During a panel on Sunday, an audience member asked Flynn: “I want to know why what happened in Myanmar can’t happen here.”

“No reason, I mean, it should happen here. No reason. That’s right,” Flynn responded, according to footage of the interaction that later circulated on Twitter.

Other prominent attendees at the event, called the For God & Country Patriot Roundup, included pro-Trump lawyers Sidney Powell and Lin Wood, former Trump advisor George Papadopoulos, and GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, a Trump ally.

In February, Myanmar’s military overthrew the country’s democratically elected government and arrested its leaders. The military junta has since imprisoned more than 4,400 protestors and killed at least 841, according to data compiled by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a non-profit human rights organization.

Flynn on Monday attempted to walk back his remarks and accused the “media” of “manipulating” his words.

“Let me be VERY CLEAR – There is NO reason whatsoever for any coup in America, and I do not and have not at any time called for any action of that sort,” Flynn wrote on Telegram, a social media platform favored by far-right groups.

Flynn served as Trump’s first national security advisor for 22 days before resigning. He later pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russia’s ambassador to the US. Trump ultimately pardoned him last November.

Flynn was thrust into the spotlight in the QAnon universe after he baselessly repeated that Trump won the 2020 presidential election. Followers of the QAnon movement have also praised the coup in Myanmar and shown support for a coup in the US, according to reporting by Media Matters for America.

Cheney has emerged as a fierce opponent of Trump and his allies following the January 6 Capitol riot. She has condemned his false claims about the 2020 race and voted to impeach him. House Republicans booted her from her leadership position last month over her stance.

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Liz Cheney refuses to link Trump’s election lies to new GOP-led voting restrictions: ‘You’ve got to look at each individual state law’

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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming).

  • In an Axios interview, Liz Cheney declined to connect Trump’s election lies to GOP voting laws.
  • “I think you have to look at the specifics of each one of those efforts,” she said.
  • Cheney lost her House GOP leadership position for continuing to criticize Trump’s debunked claims.
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After the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming became one of former President Donald Trump’s toughest critics, blasting him for continuing to spread lies about the 2020 election.

Cheney’s vocal criticism of Trump cost her the No. 3 position in the GOP caucus as House Republican Conference Chair, but she said she would not be deterred from telling the truth.

“If you want leaders who will enable and spread his destructive lies, I’m not your person – you have plenty of others to choose from,” she said after her ouster from leadership earlier this month. “That will be their legacy.”

In response to Trump’s repeated attacks on election integrity before and after the 2020 presidential election, Republicans across the country have introduced a flurry of new restrictive voting laws.

But during an Axios interview that aired on Sunday, Cheney declined to connect Trump’s election lies with the rash of restrictive voting bills that have become a cause célèbre for conservatives.

“I think you have to look at the specifics of each one of those efforts,” she told correspondent Jonathan Swan. “If you look at the Georgia laws, for example, there’s been a lot that’s been said nationally about the Georgia voter laws that turns out not to be true.”

Read more: A multitude of Trump-era mysteries are poised to come roaring back into the headlines. Everyone involved is bracing for what happens after that.

Georgia, which President Joe Biden won by nearly 12,000 votes last year, was the scene of a monthslong pressure campaign by Trump to overturn the results, and became a national focal point for GOP-led restrictions as its new voting law adds such regulations as limiting the usage of ballot drop boxes and mobile voting vans.

Swan pushed back at Cheney’s answer, noting that Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan said that false voter-fraud claims from Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani heavily influenced the new voting laws in his state.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence after the election that this has happened,” Swan said.

Cheney, for her part, seemingly endorsed the Republican focus on voter integrity.

“Everybody should want a situation and a system where people who ought to be able to vote and have the right to vote can vote, and people who, you know, don’t, shouldn’t,” she said.

Swan continued to question Cheney about why the new voting laws were necessary.

“What was the big problem in Georgia that needed to be solved by a new law?,” he asked. “What was the big problem in Texas? What was the big problem in Florida? These laws are coming all around the states, and what are they solving for?”

In her response, Cheney didn’t specify what was driving the laws in the states that Swan mentioned, or mention Trump’s role in inspiring them.

“I think you’ve got to look at each individual state law,” she said.

Swan responded: “But you can’t divorce them from the context.”

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Former Rep. Justin Amash says Liz Cheney could have spoken out against Trump sooner, rejects her being ‘some sort of hero’

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Former Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan.

  • Justin Amash warned against turning Liz Cheney into “some sort of hero” for her criticism of Trump.
  • Amash said that Cheney didn’t join him when he was criticizing Trump’s behavior before January 6.
  • “I also think we need to be careful, because you want to give people the room to learn and change,” he said.
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Former Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, who became a contrarian within the GOP after former President Donald Trump’s 2016 election before eventually leaving the party, warned against calling Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming a “hero” for her criticism of the former president.

During an interview on “The Axe Files” podcast with CNN senior political commentator David Axelrod, Amash said that Cheney could have joined him in rebuking Trump years ago.

Amash, who served in the House from 2011 to 2021, was a member of the Republican Party until 2019, when he officially became an Independent. Last year, he became a Libertarian.

“For a long time, I was warning that the president’s approach could lead to things like violence, could lead to a lot of animosity and contempt, and all sorts of things that would be harmful to our country,” he said. “She didn’t stand up for that view.”

Amash has been a longtime critic of Trump and called for the former president’s impeachment based on the findings from the Russia investigation in February 2019, months before Trump’s eventual 2019 impeachment by the Democratic-led House.

The former congressman, who nixed his third-party presidential bid last year, said Cheney was nowhere to be found when he was the lone voice pressing for Trump’s ouster.

“We had four years where she could have stood up and said, ‘There’s a problem here. What Donald Trump is doing is wrong,'” he said. “I think this effort to turn her into some sort of hero is a bit misguided.”

Cheney, the scion of a prominent GOP family, was ousted as House Republican Conference Chair earlier this month after continuing to publicly blast Trump for his debunked election claims, despite her reliably conservative voting record.

The congresswoman said that she now regrets voting for the former president in the 2020 election.

Read more: Assassination threats, AOC potshots, and wolf teats: 2 wild weeks inside Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Georgia district as it flips a giant middle finger at DC

During the interview, Amash questioned what “changed” for Cheney to shift her tolerance for Trump.

“I say that not as someone who’s saying you can never change, you can never grow, you can never learn, but I’d like to see some real development when people learn,” he said. “Like, what is it that changed your mind? Liz Cheney, what is it that you saw that made it so different for you versus how Trump was behaving, say, before January 6th?”

He added: “I don’t think there was any radical difference there. It was the same, what, because the outcome was different? Because that was the one time they stormed the Capitol?”

Amash then expounded on political consistency and how people are often lionized for rejecting positions that they once supported.

“One of the biggest problems we have in politics is that when someone is inconsistent like that, where they’re doing the wrong thing for four years and then they flip on a dime, there’s a tendency to turn them into heroes,” he said. “I think that’s a huge problem because it lets people get away with things.”

He added: “With that said, I also think we need to be careful, because you want to give people the room to learn and change.”

In January, days after Amash left office, Cheney joined nine other House Republicans in voting to impeach Trump for his role in the January 6 Capitol riot.

Some of the more conservative elements of the House caucus slammed Cheney for her vote, but she survived a February leadership vote to keep her position.

However, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California helped engineer her ouster this month, saying that she wasn’t staying on message ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

Cheney was eventually replaced in leadership by Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, a Trump loyalist.

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Ousted GOP Chairwoman Liz Cheney calls Marjorie Taylor Greene’s statement comparing mask mandates to the Holocaust ‘evil lunacy’

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Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Washington

  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene compared mask mandates to the Holocaust.
  • Rep. Liz Cheney called Greene’s comments “evil lunacy.”
  • Cheney was recently ousted as a GOP chairwoman over her vote to impeach Trump.
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Ousted GOP chairwoman Liz Cheney called Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene comments equating mask mandates to the Holocaust “evil lunacy.”

In an interview with the far-right network Real America’s Voice on Thursday, Greene called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “mentally ill’ for enforcing a mask mandate and compared the mask requirements to the Holocaust.

“You know, we can look back in a time in history where people were told to wear a gold star and they were definitely treated like second-class citizens, so much so that they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany,” Greene said. “And this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about.”

Cheney, who was ousted as chair of the House Republican Conference earlier this month following backlash from her own party over her vote to impeach President Donald Trump over the Capitol riot in January, tweeted on Saturday “This is evil lunacy,” alongside a clip of Greene’s appearance.

Other lawmakers, including those who are Jewish, have also criticized Greene’s comments.

Democratic Rep. David Cicilline called Greene “a troubled person who is unfit to serve in Congress.”

“The Holocaust: The systematic murder of 6 million Jews. Mask-wearing: A simple act that costs you nothing and saves lives,” Cicilline said in a tweet.

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