On ABC’s This Week, guest-hosted by Martha Raddatz, House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) said the “attacks and partisan investigations” launched against President Trump in 2016-17 “sound an awful lot like a coup and could well be treason.”
During the May 26 program, Raddatz asked Cheney about the public spats between President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “What’s your reaction to this back and forth?” said Raddatz.
“[Y]ou’re looking at the Democrats who had put all their eggs in the basket of the Mueller report hoping that it would provide them evidence they needed to move to impeachment,” said Cheney. “It didn’t.”
“But so now what they’re doing is basically taking all the oxygen out of the room, refusing to do any of the things we were elected to do and instead continuing these attacks and partisan investigations, partisan issuance of subpoenas.”
Raddatz interjected, “And the president attacks back. Is that the right thing to do? … Retweeting these videos.”
Cheney said, “I think what is crucially important to remember here is that you had [FBI officials Peter] Strzok and [Lisa] Page who were in charge of launching this investigation and they were saying things like, ‘we must stop this president,’ ‘we need an insurance policy against this president.’”
“That, in my view, when you have people that are in the highest echelons of the law enforcement of this nation saying things like that, that sounds an awful lot like a coup and it could well be treason,” Cheney said.
In 2017, a Justice Department Inspector General investigation uncovered numerous anti-Trump text messages exchanged in 2016 between FBI counter-intelligence chief Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page. The two were having an adulterous affair and they texted about how much they detested Trump – “idiot … d*uche … loathsome human” – and also discussed an “insurance policy” in case Trump won the election.
Liz Cheney also implied the attorney general should investigate former FBI Director James Comey and Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
“We need to know what was Jim Comey’s role in all of this,” said Cheney. “These people reported to him. Andy McCabe, reported to him. What was Comey’s role in that? And that is what the attorney general is going to focus on.”
When asked whether she was concerned about giving Attorney General William Barr authority to declassify and release intelligence information, Cheney said, “I have complete confidence in Attorney General Barr in terms of this decision that he is going to make … he has to have the ability to look at what happened.”
“Think about what happened,” she said. “Think about the fact that we had people who are at the highest levels of our law enforcement in this nation saying that they were going to stop a duly-elected president of the United States, saying that they needed an insurance policy against him. That is something that simply cannot happen.”
“We have to have confidence in our law enforcement and the attorney general has got to get to the bottom of what happened, how it was that people were allowed to misuse and abuse their power that way,” she said.