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Liz Cheney Suggests Trump Was Personally Involved In Planning of Jan 6th Capitol Attack

Liz Cheney Suggests Trump Was Personally Involved In Planning of Jan 6th Capitol Attack

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) made a stunning accusation against Donald Trump during a hearing regarding his top aide Steve Bannon’s decision to stonewall the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th attacks on the United States Capitol.

The Committee Vice-Chair’s statement came during a televised meeting of the House Select Committee’s vote to bring official contempt of Congress charges against Bannon. The committee voted unanimously to hold the former White House advisor in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena for documents and testimony concerning the attacks.

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 27: Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) listens during the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2021 at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC. Members of law enforcement testified about the attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump on the U.S. Capitol. According to authorities, about 140 police officers were injured when they were trampled, had objects thrown at them, and sprayed with chemical irritants during the insurrection. (Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images)

In her remarks prior to the vote, Rep. Cheney said their investigation has shown that Bannon “appears” to have had “substantial advance knowledge of the plans for January 6th and likely had an important role in formulating those plans.” The night before the attack on the Capitol, Bannon issued a warning on his podcast, saying: “All hell is going to break loose tomorrow.” The next day, thousands of Trump supporters descended on the Capitol and clashed with the police. Five people died, Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick, while hundreds of others were injured.

In a letter to the Committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Bannon’s attorney said his client, acting on orders from attorneys for Trump, would “not be producing documents or testimony” until Trump’s executive privilege claim is resolved by a court or through a settlement agreement. President Joe Biden has already formally rejected the claim that Trump can use executive privilege, and Trump is now suing the National Archives and the Biden Administration to block any documents or records from his office related to January 6th.

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But the biggest bombshell came when Rep. Cheney revealed what she believed to be the heart of the entire investigation. In discussing the executive privilege arguments, she said, “They suggest that President Trump was personally involved in the planning and execution of January 6th. And this committee will get to the bottom of that.”

 

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