Jul 21, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Cheney: "Trump made a purposeful choice to violate his oath of office"

Rep. Liz Cheney

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) presides over a hearing of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), vice chair of the Jan. 6 committee, said Thursday that there was "no ambiguity [and] no nuance" that former President Trump violated his oath of office.

Why it matters: Cheney's closing remarks come after a primetime hearing during which committee members tied Trump's actions to the violence that day — and his deliberate inaction to stop it.

Driving the news: "In our hearing tonight, you saw an American president faced with a stark and unmistakable choice between right and wrong. There was no ambiguity, no nuance. Donald Trump made a purposeful choice to violate his oath of office," Cheney said.

  • "The case made against him is not made by his political enemies. It is instead a series of confessions by Donald Trump's own appointees, his own friends, his own campaign officials, people who worked for him for years and his own family."
  • Cheney, in her closing remarks, also said: "And every American must consider this: Can a president who is willing to make the choices Donald Trump made during the violence of Jan. 6 ever be trusted with any position of authority in our great nation again?"

"Courage" of witnesses

  • Cheney lauded the witnesses that have testified during the Jan. 6 hearings, including Cassidy Hutchinson, a top aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
  • "She knew all along that she would be attacked by President Trump and by the 50, 60, and 70-year-old men who hide themselves behind executive privilege," Cheney said, speaking of Hutchinson.
  • Cheney said that the female's who have testified are "an inspiration to American women and to American girls."

What's next: Additional public hearings are planned for September, the committee said.

  • "Our committee understands the gravity of this moment, the consequences for our nation. We have much work yet to do, and will see you all again in September," Cheney said.

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