On Thursday night, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said former President Trump “lit the torch” and “summoned the crowd” to the Capitol for a committee hearing on January 6.
After an introductory speech by Democratic Representative for Mississippi, Bennie Thompson, Cheney, the vice head of the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, entered the podium. She began by reading a statement written by former President Donald Trump in the hours following the incident on January 6.
January 6th Movement
Trump wrote on Twitter, “These are the actions and events that take place when a sacred landslide election win is so abruptly and savagely taken away from great patriots who have been horribly and unjustly treated for so long.”
There is “no place for argument” on this issue, Cheney stated later in her opening remarks. President Trump’s claims that the election was rigged and that he is the legitimate President inspired the crowd that stormed the Capitol and fought with law officials for hours. “President Trump called for the crowd, rounded up the mob, and set the spark that ignited this attack.”
Trump reaffirmed his stance on Thursday morning, calling the January 6th movement to “Make America Great Again” “the greatest movement in our country.”
As Cheney put it, “Donald Trump directed and coordinated a sophisticated seven-part plan to reverse the presidential election and impede the transition of power.” This plan took months to put into motion. “You will see proof of every part of our plan in our hearings.”
Cheney Gave a Sneak Peek
Cheney gave a sneak peek at what will be discussed during the seven hearings the Committee will hold in June. This past Thursday’s hearing focused on recapping the events on January 6. Caroline Edwards, a Capitol Police officer, and British filmmaker Nick Questad, who provided footage of the event, testified before the committee.
Cheney led the group through a series of five video segments featuring interviews with former members of Trump’s administration. Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results were discussed, as was the advice he received to not do so.
Hearings will reveal “how senior leadership at the Department of Justice threatened to leave, how the White House Counsel threatened to resign, and how they addressed Donald Trump and Jeff Clark in the Oval Office,” as Cheney put it. President Trump appointed the men involved, who include the current acting attorney general, Jeff Rosen, and the current acting deputy attorney general, Richard Donoghue. These gentlemen upheld the vows of office they took. They’ve done their part, and their voices will be heard at our hearings.
Cheney claims Trump is confident the election wasn’t tampered with because of the testimony of his team. To her fellow Republicans who have stood behind Trump since the incident, she had a message as well.
There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your disgrace will remain, she warned her Republican colleagues.