- Cheney told CNN several GOP members of Congress feared for their safety in the lead-up to February’s vote to impeach Trump for inciting the Capitol riot
- The Wyoming Representative said she believes some fell in line with the wider party because ‘they were afraid for their lives’
- The Republican congresswoman told ABC News she regretted voting for Trump in the 2020 election but ‘was never going to vote for Joe Biden’
- She compared Trump and his false claims to the Chinese Communist Party
- She called on Kevin McCarthy to testify about January 6 in any commission that arises saying she ‘wouldn’t be surprised if he were subpoenaed’
- Cheney was one of just 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump and is a vocal critic of Trump and his ‘big lies’ about the election result
- She was ousted from her role as House Republican leader this week
- Staunch Trump ally New York Rep. Elise Stefanik was elected her replacement
Liz Cheney has claimed some Republicans voted against impeaching Donald Trump because they were ‘afraid for their lives’ as she admitted she regrets voting for him in the 2020 election and warned he poses an ‘ongoing danger’ to America.
Cheney told CNN‘s Jake Tapper Friday that several GOP members of Congress told her they feared for their safety in the lead-up to February’s vote to impeach Trump for inciting the January 6 Capitol riot.
The Wyoming Representative said she believes some fell in line with the wider party because of these concerns and insisted more lawmakers were in favor of his impeachment ‘than are willing to say so’.
Cheney was ousted from her role as House Republican leader this week amid a backlash from staunch Trump allies.
The ex-number three in the party was one of just 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his role in the violent insurrection. Since then, she has been a vocal critic of the former president and his efforts to overturn the result of the presidential election.
‘I think you have more members who believe in substance and policy and ideals than are willing to say so,’ Cheney told CNN.
‘If you look at the vote to impeach, for example, there were members who told me that they were afraid for their own security – afraid, in some instances, for their lives.
‘And that tells you something about where we are as a country, that members of Congress aren’t able to cast votes, or feel that they can’t, because of their own security.’
Trump was acquitted in the Senate in a vote of 57-43 with just 10 Republicans crossing party lines and voting to convict.