Cheney blasts Scalise for refusing to say Biden legitimately won election

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyJan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth Prosecutors say North Carolina woman deserves prison for bringing 14-year-old to Capitol riot Rules committee mulls contempt vote for Trump DOJ official MORE (R-Wyo.) blasted House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse sets up Senate shutdown showdown GOP beginning to jockey for post-election leadership slots The Memo: Omicron poses huge threat to Biden presidency MORE (R-La.) after he refused to say if he believed the 2020 presidential election was "stolen" from former President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE.

Earlier on Sunday, Scalise was pressed by "Fox News Sunday" host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceFauci to appear on Fox Business Friday for rare interview on the network The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump's pre-debate COVID-19 test sparks criticism Bret Baier confirms his 'concerns' about Tucker Carlson's Jan. 6 documentary MORE on whether he believed the 2020 election had legitimately been won by President BidenJoe BidenMarcus Garvey's descendants call for Biden to pardon civil rights leader posthumously GOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors MORE. Scalise refused to directly answer the question, repeatedly pointing to constitutional rules and states' laws on elections.

"Millions of Americans have been sold a fraud that the election was stolen. Republicans have a duty to tell the American people that this is not true. Perpetuating the Big Lie is an attack on the core of our constitutional republic," Cheney tweeted.


Cheney's rejection of the so-called big lie has alienated her from much of the GOP. Last month, Cheney was named as vice chairwoman of the Jan. 6 select committee investigating the attack on the Capitol at the beginning of this year.

She previously slammed Trump for perpetuating claims of a stolen election, saying those who embrace such claims were “poisoning our democratic system.”

"The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system," she tweeted back in May.

While appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Scalise repeatedly refused to respond to questioning about whether he believed the election was stolen. When Wallace said he took his side-stepped answers as an acceptance of the "big lie," Scalise did not refute this assessment.

Scalise also refused to say whether he would vote to hold Trump advisers who resist subpoenas in contempt of Congress. Trump has reportedly told former aides to resist subpoenas from the Jan. 6 panel that Cheney sits on.