Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs tore into Rep. Liz Cheney after the Wyoming Republican, along with a handful of other GOP members, voted to quickly impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday evening.
In addition, the fiery Dobbs also questioned House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s claim that the president “bears responsibility” for the attack on the U.S. Capitol Building last week, despite reports the FBI said the attacks were planned in advance.
“Today, Liz Cheney, a member of your House leadership, voted with the Democrats to impeach this president,” Dobbs said to his guest, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), adding that some Republicans have called for her removal as chairperson of the House Republican Conference, the third-highest-ranking position in her party.
“Any member can vote their conscience and do what they think is the right vote, but I don’t think you can be conference chair and take the position she did, and as I said earlier, I think there’s gonna have to be a second vote … for that office in the Republican Conference in the House of Representatives,” Jordan, a co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, said.
In all, 10 Republicans joined with Democrats to impeach Trump during an unprecedentedly short time frame, allowing for no hearings before the House Judiciary Committee, no witnesses to speak on behalf of the president, and only seven hours’ worth of debate.
“Much more will become clear in the coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough,” Cheney said Tuesday in a statement. “The President of the United States summoned this mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not.
“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” the Wyoming Republican and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, added. “I will vote to impeach the President.”
The FBI and intelligence units within the NYPD both informed Capitol Police days ahead of the Jan. 6 breach of the Capitol Building that violence was being planned by certain individuals, NBC News reported Sunday.
The network noted that several posts to social media including digital flyers and other messages appeared to call for violence as early as December. One FBI official told the network that the bureau, along with “our federal, state and local partners collected and shared available intelligence in preparation for the various planned events.”
Photos and video of the event clearly show some rioters were prepared to storm the building, having donned protective clothing, gas masks, padding, as well as having brought baseball bats and other instruments to help beat-back officers and break windows.
As for Cheney, current Freedom Caucus chair, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) told Fox News Tuesday he believes that Cheney, a frequent critic of the president, should step down from her post, adding that she is not representing “Republican ideals.”
“I’ve called for her resignation. I don’t think she should be the chair of the Republican conference anymore,” Biggs said.
“The reality is, she’s not representing the conference, she’s not representing the Republican ideals,” he further noted. “And I think that’s a problem. She should not be our conference chair anymore and I’m not alone in that sentiment.”
In his interview with Jordan, Dobbs shifted his attention to McCarthy for claiming Trump bore some responsibility for the assault but without adding any context or clarification.
“Again, quoting nothing from [Trump’s rally] speech…what in the world is Congressman McCarthy thinking?” Dobbs asked.
Jordan responded by saying that “we appreciate” the fact that both McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) voted against impeachment, adding, “They have led our conference in a difficult time.”
Continuing, Jordan said: “What I chose to focus on today is the good work the president’s done, this relentless attack he has faced from the swamp, and the accomplishments he has made for our country doing what he said he would do. More than any president in my lifetime.”
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