Joe Biden hits out at Donald Trump’s ‘phony populism’
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Liz Cheney, former House Republican conference chair, suggested subpoenaing the former President and current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy over the January 6 riots. Five people, including one police officer and four Trump supporters, died as a result of a mob storming the Capitol Building.
Miss Cheney, a prominent critic of Mr Trump, insisted the hearings over the January 6 riots were “absolutely not a game”.
She added, when asked about whether the former President could be asked to testify: “This is deadly serious.
“There are some in my party, including Leader McCarthy, who continue to act as though this is about partisan politics, I think it’s really sad.
“I think it’s a disgrace.”
Donald Trump news: The former President may be forced to testify in hearings over the US Capitol riots (Image: GETTY)
Donald Trump news: Five people died due to the events of January 6, where Trump supporters broke into the Capitol to stop Biden becoming President (Image: PA)
Speaking on ABC’s Good Morning America, Miss Cheney was asked about her remarks to Rep Jim Jordan, a high profile supporter of Mr Trump’s false claims the 2020 election was “stolen”.
During the January 6 riot, Miss Cheney was said to have told the Representative: “Get away from me, you did this.”
Miss Cheney said in response: “I think that Congressman Jordan may well be a material witness.
“He’s somebody who was involved in a number of meetings in the lead-up to what happened on 6 January, involved in planning for 6 January, certainly for the objections that day as he said publicly, so he may well be a material witness.”
She added about Mr Trump: “(Americans) deserve to know about every phone call that was made in and out of the White House, every meeting, every discussion that was had that day in the White House as the Capitol building was under attack and so the committee will go wherever it needs to go to get to the facts.”
Donald Trump news: Liz Cheney said ‘there are some in my party, including Leader McCarthy, who continue to act as though this is about partisan politics, I think it’s really sad’ (Image: PA)
Donald Trump news: The former President insisted the Capitol rioters were ‘peaceful’ and ‘great people’ (Image: PA)
Mr Trump said on Sunday to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo the Capitol rioters were “peaceful” and “great people”.
He repeated his false claims that the 2020 election was rigged, and added; “There was such love at that rally.
“You had over a million people — they were there for one reason, the rigged election. They felt the election was rigged.
“That’s why they were there, and they were peaceful people, these were great people. The crowd was unbelievable.
“And I mentioned the word ‘love,’ the love in the air, I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Republicans were outraged over the former President’s comments.
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas told HuffPost’s Igor Bobic: “I think that what people saw with their own eyes reflects a different reality.”
Sen. Shelley Capito of West Virginia also disputed Mr Trump’s comments and said: “That makes no sense at all. I dispute his facts tremendously.”
Donald Trump news: Republicans were outraged over the former President’s comments (Image: PA)
Donald Trump news: Police officers recounted how some rioters threatened to kill them with their own guns in today’s hearing (Image: PA)
Some Republicans have boycotted the hearings into the Capitol riots, with Mr McCarthy outraged at Speaker Nancy Pelosi for rejecting two of the five Republicans he selected to sit on the special investigatory committee.
He recommended Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan, who both voted to overturn Joe Biden’s election win, for the committee.
After the rejections, the House Minority Leader said in statement: “Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts.”
The panel held their first hearing on Thursday, with DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone showing the committee his body camera footage.
He told the members: “I was at risk of being stripped of and killed with my own firearm as I heard chants of ‘kill him with his own gun’.
“I can still hear those words in my head today.”