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.
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.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned & Liz Cheney was burnt to a crisp by Republicans. To put it nicely, Trump & Bannon are fucked. Maybe not today & maybe not tomorrow, as the wheels of justice grind slowly…but it is coming.
— Kyla In The Burgh 🏳️🌈🏴☠️ (@KylaInTheBurgh) October 20, 2021
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.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said that Bannon had advanced knowledge of the coup plot. pic.twitter.com/OIc8FUqvG1
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) October 19, 2021
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.”
Liz Cheney: "Mr. Bannon's and Mr. Trump's privilege arguments do, however, appear to reveal one thing: 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."
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) October 19, 2021