Trump says he’s been told Cheney ‘worse than any Democrat’ on Jan. 6 panel
Former President Trump said in an interview published Tuesday that he has been told Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is “worse than any Democrat” serving on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
Trump told The Washington Post that he has been informed by unnamed congressmen that Cheney, one of only two GOP lawmakers serving on the Jan. 6 panel, is a “crazed lunatic.”
“From what people tell me, from what I hear from other congressmen, she’s like a crazed lunatic, she’s worse than anyone else,” Trump said. “From what I’ve heard, she’s worse than any Democrat.”
Trump told the Post that he perceives Cheney as a larger opponent than Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who was the lead impeachment manager during Trump’s first impeachment trial and has been the target of the former president’s ire on a number of occasions.
The former president would not say if he will answer questions from the committee or agree to appear for a deposition. He did, however, assert a number of times that he requested that the military be prepared prior to the Jan. 6 riot.
Trump’s comments came in an article that said Cheney, who was ousted from House GOP leadership last year for refusing to support his unproven claims that the election was stolen, has been more aggressive in wanting the panel to target the former president.
The reporting comes less than a month before the panel is set to hold the first of eight public hearings that will present the its findings after holding more than 1,000 interviews and obtaining thousands of documents.
The panel made headlines last week when it issued subpoenas to five sitting Republican members of the House, including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.).
None of the five members have said if they will comply with the probe.
Some individuals close to the former president, however, have met with the committee, including Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Kimberly Guilfoyle, Trump Jr.’s fiancee, who spoke at the rally in Washington that occurred just before the Capitol attack.
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