Trump Foe Liz Cheney Has Not Ruled out 2024 US Presidential Run

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., a rising Republican until she stood firmly in opposition to President Donald Trump, says she has not ruled out a presidential run in 2024.

“I’ll make a decision about ’24 down the road,” she told ABC’s “This Week.” “The single most important thing is protecting the nation from Donald Trump.”

Cheney was one of just 10 Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted to impeach the former president for incitement of an alleged insurrection Jan. 6, 2021.

The 55-year-old is now vice chair of the House Jan. 6 Select Committee investigating whether Trump was responsible for the attack on the Capitol, as he sought Congress to debate the certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s Electoral College votes in key battleground states.

“A man as dangerous as Donald Trump can absolutely never be anywhere near the Oval Office ever again,” Cheney said, telling ABC she thinks her Republican Party “can’t survive” if the real estate mogul wins the nomination again in 2024.

“Those of us who believe in Republican principles and ideals have a responsibility to try to lead the party back to what it can be,” she said.

Trump, who still holds outsize influence in the Republican Party, has discussed a potential new candidacy with increasing openness, with some outlets reporting he could announce his campaign by the end of July.

Even as Cheney – daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney – mulls a White House bid she is fighting for her political life in Wyoming, where a Trump-backed rival is challenging her in the state’s Republican primary, to be held next month ahead of November’s midterm elections.

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Cassidy Hutchinson Is Sticking to Testimony, Her Attorneys Say

Cassidy Hutchison’s attorneys say their client is sticking with the testimony she gave to the Jan. 6 panel in a public hearing on Tuesday despite pushback from Republican lawmakers and others involved in events that day.

“Ms. Hutchinson,” attorneys Jody Hunt and William Jordan told The Hill on Wednesday, “stands by all of the testimony she provided yesterday, under oath, to the Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the United States Capitol.”

During the events transpiring on Jan. 6, 2021, Hutchinson was working as the top aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. For the panel’s Tuesday hearing, she offered a series of new details, describing conversations and interactions she had with White House staff while the riots broke out at the Capitol.

In her testimony, Hutchinson recounted that she had been told that former President Donald Trump allegedly lunged at his security detail in the outfitted presidential limo, nicknamed “the Beast,” on Jan. 6 and grabbed the steering wheel, demanding he be taken to the Capitol.

Trump fired back, calling her a “phony.”

“I hardly know who this person, Cassidy Hutchinson, is, other than I heard very negative things about her (a total phony and ‘leaker’), and when she requested to go with certain others of the team to Florida after my having served a full term in office, I personally turned her request down,” Trump wrote his Truth Social platform while the hearing was taking place.

Hutchinson said she learned of the motorcade incident from Tony Ornato, Trump’s deputy chief of staff, and Robert Engel, the special agent in charge of the Secret Service, on Jan. 6.

Several news outlets have reported that Ornato is prepared to testify and dispute Hutchinson’s claim.

“Ms. Hutchinson testified, under oath, and recounted what she was told. Those with knowledge of the episode also should testify under oath,” Hutchinson’s attorney wrote on Twitter.

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Senate Sergeant-at-Arms During Jan. 6 Attack Dies

The Senate sergeant-at-arms during the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack, died Monday, it was reported.

Michael Stenger, who as sergeant-at-arms [SAA] oversaw security in the upper chamber, resigned the day after the Capitol assault.

“Former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger died this morning. He joined the SAA team in 2011 after a career with the Secret Service and was appointed SAA in 2018,” Politico’s K Tully-McManus tweeted Monday.

Stenger, 71, died on the same day the House Jan. 6 select announced it would hold a surprise hearing on Tuesday to present “recently obtained evidence and receive witness testimony.”

News of Stenger’s death — circumstances of which were unknown — created unsubstantiated speculation and conspiracy theories online, Newsweek reported.

However, noted conspiracy theorist expert Mike Rothschild said there was nothing to indicate that Stenger had been due to testify before the Jan. 6 panel on Tuesday.

“Tons of conspiracy theories about recently deceased Senate Sergeant at Arms on January 6th, Michael Stenger. There’s no indication he was due to testify, and reports about him shot from a moving car seem to be mixed up with another Michael Stenger, shot in 2013,” tweeted Rothschild, whose post included text of a shooting in Oakland, California, nine years ago.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., tweeted, “Michael Stenger, Senate Sergeant at Arms on January 6th, was found dead today.”

Greene’s post included video of Stenger speaking before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Committee on Rules and Administration in February 2021. He said the Jan. 6 demonstrators were “professional agitators.”

“In conclusion, whenever you prepare for a major event, you must always consider the possibility of some level of civil disobedience at these demonstrations and plan accordingly,” Stenger said in a statement before the committees.

“The events of January 6th went beyond disobedience. This was a violent, coordinated attack where the loss of life could have been much worse.”

Stenger, House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, and Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund resigned after the Jan. 6 attack after criticism over the lack of preparation.

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Jan. 6 Committee May Feature Ginni Thomas Correspondence With Trump Lawyer Eastman

Sources “involved” with the House Jan. 6 Select Committee told The Washington Post on Wednesday that emails between U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife, Ginni, and former President Donald Trump’s lawyer John Eastman show she had a larger role in efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.

According to the Post, Ginni Thomas’ emails with Eastman, who the committee said “played a key role” in trying to pressure then Vice President Mike Pence to block congressional certification of President Joe Biden’s election, were “more extensive” than previously known.

The three anonymous sources for the Post’s story did not provide any details of how extensive a role the justice’s wife played in the protest and riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, during the joint session of Congress election certification proceedings.

The Post reported that the emails were part of a trove of new documents turned over to the committee after a federal judge ruled last week that more than 100 of Eastman’s documents go to the committee.

In addition to Eastman, Ginni Thomas also sent messages to Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and Arizona lawmakers to try to block certification of the Biden victory.

Both Ginni and Clarence Thomas, as well as Eastman, did not respond to requests by The Post for comment on the information in the story.

In the June 7 order by U.S. District Judge David Carter, Eastman was told to turn over 159 documents that he claimed were privileged to the committee by 2 p.m. June 8, while granting executive privilege to 440 other documents.

In May, The Post reported that Ginni Thomas, herself a lawyer and conservative activist, had appeared on the committee’s radar after it had unearthed a series of communications between her and lawmakers in Arizona where she asked for a “clean slate of electors” for its electoral college submission to Congress due to what she believed was “fraud” in the 2020 presidential election.

“Article II of the United States Constitution gives you an awesome responsibility: to choose our state’s Electors,” read the Nov. 9 email. “(P)lease take action to ensure that a clean slate of Electors is chosen.”

Unlike a popular vote, U.S. citizens cast ballots for a candidate’s “electors,” who then attend a session of each state’s legislature to then actually cast ballots for the candidate.

The candidate who wins the state’s popular vote is the one who has his or her electors sent to the state capital for the true vote, which is then certified by the state and transmitted to the joint Congressional session for final certification, after which a formal national winner with 270 or more electors is named, according to the Pew Charitable Trust website.

According to The Post, the committee, which had not previously sought to interview Ginni Thomas, may now try to get her to cooperate in its investigation.

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Trump’s 12-Page Statement Blasts Dems on Hearings, Inflation

After Day 2 of the House Jan. 6 Select Committee hearings, former President Donald Trump fired back with a 12-page statement denouncing what he calls attempts at a distraction from President Joe Biden’s failures and an attempt to keep him from running for office in 2024.

“This is merely an attempt to stop a man that is leading in every poll, against both Republicans and Democrats by wide margins, from running again for the presidency,” Trump concluded in his lengthy rebuke, including responding to allegations raised at the hearing Monday.

“The reason I am leading in the polls is because Democrats have caused record inflation, sky high gas prices, energy dependence on our adversaries, the education system is in crisis, illegal aliens are invading our border, the supply chain has crippled our way of life,

parents can’t get baby formula, mandates have crippled businesses, and our way of life

has been crushed by government regulations.

“The United States is being destroyed.

“The Democrats know that I would correct all of this, and they are doing everything in their power to stop me – but we can’t be stopped. We have to Save America.”

Trump’s statement began with an evaluation of the famed “it’s the economy, stupid” on how the Biden administration and a Congress controlled by Democrats have let Americans down.

“Seventeen months after the events of Jan. 6, Democrats are unable to offer solutions,” Trump wrote. “They are desperate to change the narrative of a failing nation, without even making mention of the havoc and death caused by the radical left just months earlier.

“Make no mistake, they control the government. They own this disaster. They are hoping that these hearings will somehow alter their failing prospects.

“A certain Democrat once said, ‘It’s the economy, stupid.’ Well, Democrats now seem to think that Americans are ‘stupid.’ They are not. America is crumbling, and Democrats have no solutions.

“Our nation has no hope of change for the better under Democrat leadership. People are desperate. Rather than solving problems, Democrats are rehashing history in hopes of changing the narrative. During my time in office, our nation was thriving, our economy was strong, and the price of gas was very low. Above all else, we were respected, perhaps like never before. America prospered under the Trump administration.”

Among the highlights of Trump’s statement:

  • “The Sham Investigation” — Trump asserted that with just the Democrats’ arguments being presented, the committee is exposing itself and their hearings as “a pitiful last-ditch effort to deceive the American public.”
  • “Stop the Count” — Trump responded to Monday testimony, arguing that his remarks to stop the count were related to the logic that millions of votes were counted in a day, so “why would it take four more days to count a few hundred thousand votes when they had counted millions in one day?” It was because “they needed to traffic more ballots,” he argued.
  • “Ballot Trafficking” — Trump laid out cases of alleged ballot stuffing, including referencing the Dinesh D’Souza documentary “2000 Mules.”
  • “The Math” — Trump blasted the media coverage of the allegations of 2020 presidential election fraud, saying that “the media feeding us the bogus line that this was the most secure election in U.S. history. What a load of bologna!”
  • “But What If There Were More” — Trump asked whether the allegations of potential election fraud are just the tip of the iceberg.
  • “Defying the Odds” — Trump reiterated his references to presidential election history and questioning how Biden could get more Black votes than the only Black president in U.S. history, Barack Obama, in key battleground areas: “Either there’s a lot of black voters in America who identify more with Joe Biden than Barack Obama, or Democrats are stealing black votes – and we all know the answer to that.”
  • “Zuckerbucks” — Trump blasted Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for his $419 million investment that “almost all of the money went to Democrat-run and controlled areas. Very little, for cosmetic purposes only, went to Republican areas. They threw us a bone.”
  • “Pandemic of Injustice” — Trump noted 2020 featured “violent liberal assaults on cities around the country” and “judges, including Justices of the United States Supreme Court, were scared. Some were political hacks who refused to be the sole arbiter of such a strong political issue. It was liberal fearmongering.”

“Democrats made it known that they would rather burn cities to the ground than allow for a civilized political process,” Trump’s statement continued. “They knew their policies were failing, citizens weren’t buying their hype, and they were losing their influence. So, they spent the year creating an atmosphere of fear, and that’s the environment in which concerned citizens were forced to file their lawsuits.”

Trump added that the Democrats are continuing their agenda as the looming midterm elections threaten to take away their control in Congress.

“As we near the midterm elections, we’re watching the swamp creatures circle the drain as true Americans step up to replace the corrupt establishment with patriots who will fight for our freedoms,” Trump wrote. “The establishment is holding on as tightly as they can to their power as they watch it slip from their grasp.

“Our country is in a nosedive. Americans are struggling to fill their gas tanks, feed their babies, educate their children, hire employees, order supplies, protect our border from invasion, and a host of other tragedies that are 100% caused by Democrats who obtained power through a rigged election, and the people of our country are both angry and sad.

“Americans have very real pressing concerns about the basic necessities of life. What is Congress doing about it? They’re doing everything they can to ignore and distract from the very real pain that they have caused this country. They want to talk about anything but the 2020 election results and the fact that they are the cause of our country’s problems.”

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Newt Gingrich: Jan. 6 a Distraction, Pragmatism Over Politics

Democrats, along with the Biden administration, are tone-deaf regarding the practical needs of the American people, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told “The Cats Roundtable,” hosted by John Catsimatidis.

Speaking about the House Jan. 6 Select Committee’s first public hearing, Gingrich said, “I watched the entire two-hour committee launch (of the Jan. 6 hearings), and I thought it was Stalinist, Soviet-era, totally rigged, totally phony. It was an embarrassment. It’s not a congressional hearing. It was a propaganda device, and Americans should be enraged that they’re being subjected to this kind of dishonesty.”

Instead, Gingrich said, Democrats should be focusing on the practical needs of the American people, such as lowering the cost of gas, inflation, and other issues, rather than a media spectacle.

Regarding the president’s energy policy, Gingrich, in paraphrasing Biden, said, “‘I don’t know why the price of gas has gone up.’ You have to be an idiot to not have figured out that if you do everything you can to cripple the oil and gas industries, the result is going to be much higher prices. Democrats are going to have to go home and explain why you can’t afford food. You can’t afford gasoline. You talk about electric cars? You’re going to have blackouts in California this summer because they’re closing down electric-generating stations. And they don’t seem to understand that if you have an electric car, you need electricity. I know this is a big, bold idea.”

Commenting on the Biden administration’s importing of foreign oil rather than the focusing of efforts to produce domestically, Gingrich said, “It is not right or left; it is ‘crazy’ and ‘not crazy’ … We just did a survey and found that if you ask people, ‘Is it important to restore the America that works?’ 87% of the country just wants it to work. It’s not liberal or conservative. It’s ‘nuts’ versus ‘reality.’ What the Biden administration is doing on almost every front is closer to insanity than to a political philosophy.”

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Trump Slams House Committee ‘Hacks’ for Jan. 6 Spin

Former President Donald Trump blasted the House Jan. 6 select committee for its biased, “negative” prime-time hearing on Thursday night.

Trump took to social media after Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Jan. 6 panel held its first public hearing on national TV. The proceedings did not include any cross-examination or contradictory testimony.

The former president railed against the committee’s members — Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans — for hiring former ABC executive James Goldston to help produce a one-sided show.

“So the Unselect Committee of political HACKS refuses to play any of the many positive witnesses and statements, refuses to talk of the Election Fraud and Irregularities that took place on a massive scale, and decided to use a documentary maker from Fake News ABC to spin only negative footage. Our Country is in such trouble!” Trump posted Thursday night on Truth Social.

Trump on Friday morning slammed the committee for suggesting he supported protesters for chanting, “Hang [then-Vice President] Mike Pence!”

“I NEVER said, or even thought of saying, ‘Hang Mike Pence.’ This is either a made up story by somebody looking to become a star, or FAKE NEWS!” Trump posted.

Select committee members are trying to connect Trump’s efforts to challenge the 2020 presidential election results to the Capitol attack.

“The so-called ‘Rush on the Capitol’ was not caused by me, it was caused by a Rigged and Stolen Election!” Trump posted Friday morning.

Thursday night’s hearing included some never-before-seen video footage of the mayhem, as well as testimony from witnesses.

Fact checking showed that Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., was incorrect when she claimed then-President Trump “did not condemn the attack.”

Actually, Trump did condemn the violence in a video Twitter quickly blocked, along with an Oval Office address a week later.

Cheney also used Trump’s words of “love in the air” out of context as the committee showed protesters breaching the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021. Trump spoke those words about the Stop the Steal rally, not to describe the people breaching the Capitol.

Earlier Thursday, Trump said the Jan. 6, 2021, protests “represented the greatest movement in the history of our Country to Make America Great Again.”

“The Unselect Committee didn’t spend one minute studying the reason that people went to Washington, D.C., in massive numbers, far greater than the Fake News Media is willing to report,” Trump posted on Truth Social, “or that the Unselects are willing to even mention, because January 6th was not simply a protest, it represented the greatest movement in the history of our Country to Make America Great Again.

“It was about an Election that was Rigged and Stolen, and a Country that was about to go to HELL..& look at our Country now!”

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Trump: Jan. 6 Protests ‘Greatest Movement’ in US History

The Jan. 6, 2021, protests “represented the greatest movement in the history of our Country to Make America Great Again,” former President Donald Trump said Thursday in a post mocking the House select committee investigating the attacks on the U.S. Capitol as the panel prepares to go public with its findings in prime-time Thursday.

“The Unselect Committee didn’t spend one minute studying the reason that people went to Washington, D.C., in massive numbers, far greater than the Fake News Media is willing to report, or that the Unselects are willing to even mention, because January 6th was not simply a protest, it represented the greatest movement in the history of our Country to Make America Great Again,” Trump said in a post on his Truth Social platform.

“It was about an Election that was Rigged and Stolen, and a Country that was about to go to HELL..& look at our Country now!”

The panel plans to argue that Trump was responsible for abuses of power that nearly upended U.S. democracy.

“We are going to tell the story of a conspiracy to overturn the 2020 presidential election and block the transfer of power,” Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat who serves on the committee, told the Washington Post earlier this week.

He also said the panel had found evidence of “concerted planning and premediated activity” related to the events.

“The data is going to be compelling from the committee,” former Virginia Rep. Denver Riggleman, who was a Republican advisor to the committee, said on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” last week. “I think it is up to the American people, after that is presented, to come up – using facts, not fantasies or opinions – on what the culpability of the President is, and the people around him.”

Trump in another Truth Social post said the committee “of political thugs” refused to study and report “on the massive amount of irrefutable evidence, much of it recently produced, that shows the 2020 Presidential Election was Rigged and Stolen.

“They want NOTHING to do with that topic because they cannot win on the facts. CANCEL & DENY, call it “THE BIG LIE,” is all they can do. Corrupt Politicians!”

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Jan. 6 Prime-Time Spectacle Teases ‘Unseen Material’

The House Jan. 6 Select Committee pledges “previously unseen material,” regarding the Capitol riot and President Donald Trump preventing the “transfer of power,” will be aired Thursday night in a media spectacle.

According to The Hill and Breitbart, House Democrats have gone so far as to hire former ABC News executive James Goldston, who allegedly tried to cover up a story about Jeffery Epstein, to produce Thursday night’s airing of the panel’s new evidence for an 8 p.m. ET slot.

The goal, Axios reported, is for the viewing to be seen as a “blockbuster investigative special.”

Across the country, supporters of the panel’s efforts have even organized watch parties. One such event, held at the Taft Memorial Carillon near the Capitol, will feature “special guests,” including a virtual address from filmmaker Rob Reiner.

“We have real people lined up across the country to watch the hearings and spread the word that this assault on our democracy won’t stand,” Lisa Gilbert, the executive vice president of Public Citizen, said.

House Republicans, however, are calling the media spectacle a distraction.

Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., who House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., rejected to sit on the panel, went after the hearing Wednesday, rebuking the “theatrics” of a “sham investigation,” and “partisan witch hunt.”

During a House GOP Caucus luncheon, members were told to stick to issues such as inflation and high gas prices.

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House GOP Leaders Want to ‘Expunge’ Trump’s Post-January 6 Impeachment

House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., and nearly 30 other Republican leaders have introduced a resolution to “expunge” the contents of former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial from the public record — effectively covering the period after the Jan. 6, 2021 unrest at the Capitol.

This week’s move might portend the House Republicans’ agenda beginning next January, if the GOP reclaims the House and Senate chambers in the midterm elections.

In the meantime, the Democrat-controlled House likely won’t pass the Stefanik/Mullin-led resolution, or even surrender a single vote from the Democrats’ side.

Come November, though, the Republicans will merely require a net positive of five seats to seize the majority in the House chamber, and just a net of one seat to control the Senate.

This week’s measure also represents a firm show of support for former President Trump; and he expressed gratitude toward the GOP House leaders on Wednesday, by saying, “Thank you, Elise and Markwayne — (the second impeachment) was a total Hoax!” on his TruthSocial account.

“Democrats used their second impeachment resolution to once again weaponize one of the most grave and consequential powers of the House,” said Mullin in a statement. “This was never about the (U.S.) Constitution; it was rooted in personal politics.”

Stefanik echoed the sentiment of her House colleague: 

“The American people know Democrats weaponized the power of impeachment against President Donald Trump to advance their own extreme political agenda,” Stefanik told Fox News Digital.

GOP House Conference Vice Chairman Mike Johnson offered a more blunt assessment of what transpired 17 months ago.

“President Donald Trump was rightfully acquitted, and it is past time to expunge Democrats’ sham smear against not only President Trump’s name, but against millions of patriots across the country,” said Johnson.

In February 2021, the Democrats’ motion of impeachment against Trump was defeated in a 57-43 Senate vote

(For impeachment hearings, two-thirds of the chamber, or 67 senators, must vote to convict.)

Seven Republicans went against the party-line vote of rejecting impeachment: Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Pat Toomey, R-Pa., Richard Burr, R-N.C., Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Mitt Romney, R-Utah.

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