Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo urged her colleagues to cut off former President Donald Trump as his second impeachment trial against the Senate is slated to begin this week

Cheney, the House Third Rank Republican, was one of ten House Republicans who voted for his role in January 6 last month on the January 6 riot indictment against Trump a major challenge, although she easily won a vote of confidence last week to remain Chair of the House Republican Conference

“We have to look carefully at who we are, what we stand for, what we believe in,” Cheney told Fox News Sunday, “I think if you look at both of [Trump’s] actions that lead to Jan”6 that he was charged bipartisan, that he lost the presidency, that we lost the Senate We have to be in a position where we can say that we stand for principles, for ideals”

Following a vote in which 45 Senate Republicans attempted to declare Trump’s impeachment unconstitutional because he has already resigned, the former president is highly unlikely to be convicted as it requires at least 67 votes But Cheney said that in terms of accountability for the former president’s role in the riot, the Senate trial “is a snapshot”

“There is a massive criminal investigation going on, there will be a massive criminal investigation into everything that happened on January 6 and the days before,” Cheney said. “People are going to want to know exactly what the president did to you will want to know, for example, whether the tweet he sent when he called Vice President Pence a coward during the attack, whether that tweet was, for example, a deliberate effort to provoke violence “

“There are many questions that need to be answered and there will be many criminal investigations into all aspects and all parties involved as it should be,” she said, adding, “We never did I’ve seen one such attack by a President of the United States on another branch of government, and it can never happen again “

Cheney said if she were a senator she would weigh the evidence and arguments before reaching a conclusion, but said what is already known is worthy of impeachment

“What we already know is the biggest violation of his oath of office by a president in the history of the country,” she said. “And that’s not something we can just stop by or pretend it didn’t happen or we try to move on. We have to make sure this never happens again “

Senate Republicans continued to express doubts on Sunday that the Senate would condemn the former president

During an interview with CNN’s State of the Union, Sen Pat Toomey, R-Pa, said that while he believes the trial is constitutional, conviction is “very unlikely”

Sen Roger Wicker, R-Miss, told ABCs “This Week” that he believes Trump should not be convicted at the trial because “the Constitution does not anticipate the impeachment process of a former president”

When asked if he believed the president should be held accountable for his conduct, Wicker said, “If accountability means being charged by the House of Representatives and convicted by the Senate, the answer is no”

Sen Bill Cassidy, R-La, said during an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press that he believes the House “did an incredibly bad job building a case prior to their impeachment vote”

Cheney said much of the setback she’s faced since she voted for impeachment has been due to misinformation

“They think [Black Lives Matter] and Antifa are behind what happened here at the Capitol,” she said. That’s just not the case. It’s not true and we will have a lot of work to do People were lied to “

“To what extent the President, President Trump, months before Jan I was spreading the idea that the election was stolen or rigged, a lie, and people need to understand, “she continued.” We need to make sure that as Republicans we are the party of truth and that we are honest, which is real happened in 2020 so that we actually have a chance to win in 2022 and reclaim the White House in 2024″”

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World News – USA – Liz Cheney calls on the GOP to stop “hugging” Trump before the impeachment proceedings against the Senate

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