Liz Cheney: Fighting past wrongs not first duty of elected officials, particularly women

Liz Cheney: Fighting past wrongs not first duty of elected officials, particularly women
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Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyLiz Cheney says world is more stable, 'safer' under Trump Sunday shows preview: Democratic candidates make the rounds after debate Overnight Defense: Afghanistan tops foreign policy issues at Dem debate | Erdogan says he'll discuss missile sale with Trump | US again challenges Beijing's claim to South China Sea MORE (R-Wyo.) said Thursday that the first duty of elected officials, particularly women in government, is to the Constitution, not righting the wrongs of past generations.

"I think that all of us as elected officials and particularly as women who are elected officials, we have an obligation to the Constitution," Cheney told "Fox & Friends," when asked if she thought women in Congress had a special obligation to give Christine Blasey Ford's allegations that Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more weight because of how men have traditionally behaved toward women.

Senators on Thursday are reviewing an FBI report regarding the allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, all of which he has denied.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: NY Times story sparks new firestorm over Kavanaugh Senator asked FBI to follow up on new information about Kavanaugh last year Congress must reinstate assault weapons ban MORE (R-Ky.) has expressed confidence that Kavanaugh will be confirmed this week, though three key senators have said that the FBI report will factor heavily into their decision. Two of those senators, Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Congress passes bill to begin scenic byways renaissance MORE (R-Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann Murkowski The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Overnight Energy: Trump administration to repeal waterway protections| House votes to block drilling in Arctic refuge| Administration takes key step to open Alaskan refuge to drilling by end of year Overnight Health Care: Juul's lobbying efforts fall short as Trump moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes | Facebook removes fact check from anti-abortion video after criticism | Poll: Most Democrats want presidential candidate who would build on ObamaCare MORE (D-Alaska), are women.


Cheney, a longtime friend of the Kavanaugh's, also suggested that the women on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who are all Democrats, have broken their duty to the Constitution by giving Ford's allegations more weight than they deserve.

"I think if you look, frankly, at the female senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee, they've abrogated their constitutional obligation," Cheney said.

In particular, Cheney took aim at Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTrump court pick sparks frustration for refusing to answer questions This week: Congress returns for first time since mass shootings GOP senators object to White House delaying home-state projects for border wall MORE (D-Calif.) who brought Ford's allegations onto the national stage when she announced one week before Kavanaugh's originally scheduled confirmation vote that she was bringing the then-secret allegations to the FBI. 

Feinstein had the allegation since July.

Cheney said that timing made the Democrats' statements that they were acting in the defense of women who have been victims of sexual assault disingenuous. 

"When you've got women in the Senate, the Democrats who are saying, they're helping to stand up for victims," Cheney told Fox News. "And you watch what they did, you look at how Dianne Feinstein handled this claim, it could have been handled confidentially but that wouldn't have created the media circus they attempt to destroy Judge Kavanaugh."

"It's evil and I think we oughta all make sure we stand up and say we're not going to be a part of this, we're gonna put a stop to it," Cheney said.

"We're gonna make sure there's due process."