World Liz Cheney Floats Idea Trump Tweet Attacking Pence During Riot Meant to 'Provoke Violence'
Chris Wallace Calls Out Republicans for 'More Visible Outrage' at Cheney Than at Greene
The Fox News Sunday anchor suggested Republicans should take action to address Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene's bizarre claims.Some pro-Trump Republicans in the House of Representatives have called for Cheney's removal from her No. 3 leadership position as chair of the House Republican Conference following her January 13 impeachment vote. Meanwhile, few GOP lawmakers have expressed public outrage following multiple reports on Greene's past promotion of unfounded conspiracy theories and support for violence against fellow lawmakers on social media.
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney suggested Sunday that former president's tweet chastising while a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol complex was, potentially, indicative of "a premeditated effort to provoke violence." The Wyoming congresswoman and Republican Conference chair discussed Trump's conduct surrounding the January 6 insurrection during an appearance on Sunday, which aired just days before his impeachment trial is scheduled to begin in the U.S. .
"There is a massive criminal investigation underway," Cheney said during the interview with host Chris Wallace. "There will be a massive criminal investigation of everything that happened on January 6, and in the days before. People will want to know exactly what the president was doing. They will want to know, for example, whether the tweet 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."
Nebraska County GOP Censures Ben Sasse as Chair Laments Senator Can't Be Recalled
Sasse was one of just five Republican senators to vote with Democrats to affirm that Trump's pending impeachment trial is constitutional.Sasse is one of just five Republican senators that publicly voted alongside Democrats to affirm that the pending Senate trial for Trump is constitutional, even though the former president is no longer in office. The Nebraska lawmaker has strongly criticized Trump in the wake of the violent January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by the former president's supporters. Sasse had also called out Trump's baseless claims about widespread voter fraud.
Trump failed to immediately condemn rioters who participated in the Capitol siege. Instead, he first denounced Pence for the former vice president's decision to certify results of the general election inshared to .
"Mike Pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving states a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify," Trump wrote, furthering unsubstantiated claims that encouraged followers to question the election's outcome. The tweet has since been deleted.
The House of Representatives voted to remove Trump from office in January, about one week after his followers breached the Capitol during a violent siege. Five people, including one Capitol Police officer, died as a result of the mass riot, and dozens were injured.
The Marjorie Taylor Greene committee removal vote, explained
The House will vote on a resolution today to take the first-term member known for spouting QAnon conspiracy theories off committee assignments.The vote comes after days of back-and-forth between party leaders, as Democrats have pushed for consequences for the first-term representative, who has supported or suggested, in no particular order: the QAnon conspiracy theory; Parkland and 9/11 denial; the killing of Democratic leaders; and the idea that 2018 forest fires were started by a Jewish-manned space laser.
The attack quickly followed a rally near the White House where Trump continued to pedal baseless accusations of election fraud in a last-ditch effort to challenge President's victory. Trump proponents from across the country traveled to Washington, at the former president's urging, to attend the rally. It took place on the same day that members of held joint sessions to certify Biden's Electoral College win, and thereby officiate his election win.
Many pointed to Trump's inflammatory rhetoric concerning voter fraud ahead of, and during, the Capitol attack as likely catalysts for the riot itself in its aftermath. The former president had promoted these allegations relentlessly following November's general election, despite no evidence to support them.
On January 13, members of the House voted to impeach Trump for "incitement of insurrection." Cheney was one of 10 Republican representatives who supported the impeachment article's passage.
How Fox News Primetime Jacked Up Trump’s ‘Big Lie’
President Donald Trump faces a Senate trial this week for his role in pushing months of election lies, and ultimately prompting the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots. But he didn’t do it all alone. The former president had assistance from key allies, including the biggest stars in conservative media. The “Big Lie,” as it’s now been labeled, is the comprehensive collection of unfounded allegations and wild conspiracies peddled by Trump and his allies in conservative media and the GOP, that Joe Biden’s decisive electoral victory was “stolen” due to widespread voter fraud.
The high-ranking congresswoman was subject to serious critique fromat federal and state levels in response to her impeachment vote. After a group of House Republicans pushed to remove Cheney's leadership title, ultimately unsuccessfully, the Wyoming GOP Party on Saturday, calling for the lawmaker's resignation.
During Sunday's interview, Cheney told Wallace that she does not plan to step down. The Senate will meet to commence Trump's impeachment trial, the second to occur since his presidency began, on Tuesday.
Newsweek reached out to Cheney's office for further comment but did not receive a reply in time for publication.
Adviser Says Donald Trump In 'Great Mood,' Thinks Bruce Castor Made 'Some Good Points' .
"There are a few things that we need to tighten up," Donald Trump's adviser Jason Miller said of Trump's defense team in the Senate impeachment trial.Trump, who was permanently banned from Twitter on Wednesday, has not made a public statement about his impeachment trial. Trump's legal team—Bruce Castor and David Schoen—made opening arguments in Trump's defense on Monday. Many observers criticized Castor's remarks for not directly addressing the impeachment.