Former President Trump on Wednesday lashed out at Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), calling her a “smug fool” hours after she pressed the House to back a criminal contempt vote against former White House aide Stephen Bannon.
“Low-polling Liz Cheney (19%) is actually very bad news for the Democrats, people absolutely cannot stand her as she fights for the people that have decimated her and her father for many years,” Trump said of the Wyoming Republican, who voted to impeach Trump and serves as vice chairwoman of the Jan. 6 panel investigating the Capitol riot.
“She is a smug fool, and the great State of Wyoming, together with the Republican Party, fully understands her act. To look at her is to despise her,” Trump continued. “Hopefully she will continue down this unsustainable path and she will soon be gone!”
Cheney on Tuesday speculated that former President Donald Trump and ally Steve Bannon have very personal reasons for not wanting to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th attacks on the United States Capitol.
After dismantling Bannon’s claims that he is protected by executive privilege from testifying before the committee, Cheney said: “Mr. Bannon’s and Mr. Trump’s privilege arguments do appear to reveal one thing, however: they suggest that President Trump was personally involved in the planning and execution of January 6th. And we will get to the bottom of that.”
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Cheney also cited Bannon’s statements on January 5th in which he seemed to anticipate that violent mayhem would break out the next day as Congress worked to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“All hell is going to break loose tomorrow,” Bannon said at the time.