Cheney spars with GOP challengers over 2020 election, Jan. 6 in first debate

7/1/2022 11:41:00 PM

Republican Rep. Liz Cheney was able to find common ground with her four challengers for Wyoming's lone congressional seat on issues including voting against the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

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Republican Rep. Liz Cheney was able to find common ground with her four challengers for Wyoming 's lone congressional seat on issues including voting against the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Rep. Liz Cheney found herself aligned with her four challengers on a few points but disagreed with them on issues like the legitimacy of the Jan. 6 committee and of the 2020 presidential election .

But when it came to topics such as theCongresswoman Liz Cheney speaks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley Wednesday, June 29, 2022. / Credit: Hans Gutknecht/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty ImagesThe debate came one day after Cheney said during a speech at the Reagan Library in California that Trump's attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election showed he is a"domestic threat."

, responded to this statement Thursday night.Cheney, who is trailing Hageman by nearly 30% in a couple of internal polls conducted by Trump and Hageman allies, began the debate by going on offense against Hageman.Bill StepienIn response, Hageman diverted from directly addressing Cheney's question and said the"press and certain people have obsessed" over the Jan. 6 attack. She added that she rarely hears about it or the House select committee from Wyoming voters. And when she does, voters say"how unfair this entire committee is."

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Liz Cheney was able to find common ground with her four challengers for Wyoming's lone congressional seat on issues including voting against the bipartisan infrastructure bill, supporting America's energy systems and reprimanding the Biden administration during their first debate Thursday night. But when it came to topics such as the Jan. “She’s an incredibly brave young woman,” Cheney continued. 6 committee's findings and the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election, she found herself an outlier. Liz Cheney told "This Week" co-anchor Jonathan Karl in an exclusive interview that she has full faith and confidence in the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson , the 26-year-old former Trump White House aide who delivered explosive testimony about the Capitol riot during a highly publicized hearing this week. And Cheney's belief that the 2020 election was not stolen could cost her her seat.” “I think that what Cassidy Hutchinson did was an unbelievable example of bravery and of courage and patriotism in the face of real pressure,” said Cheney, who is 30 points down in her reelection bid in Wyoming against Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman. Congresswoman Liz Cheney speaks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley Wednesday, June 29, 2022.  Her rebuke of Trump came from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

/ Credit: Hans Gutknecht/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images Throughout the debate, Cheney, the vice chair on the Jan. But just a few hours after Hutchinson testified, NBC News reported that Bobby Engel, Trump’s Secret Service man on duty on January 6, would testify under oath to contradict Hutchinson’s story. "I am absolutely confident in her credibility. 6 select committee, cited recent findings from the committee's hearings and testimony from former President Donald Trump's family and staffers that"there was not sufficient fraud to overturn the results of the 2020 election." She added that it is a"tragedy" that Trump and other Republicans wrongly claimed it was stolen. "If we embrace the lies of Donald Trump, if we tell the people of Wyoming something that is not true, we will soon find ourselves without the structure and the basis and the framework of our constitutional republic," Cheney said in her closing statement. 6 committee. The debate came one day after Cheney said during a speech at the Reagan Library in California that Trump's attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election showed he is a"domestic threat.  “American had the chance to meet one of these young women yesterday, Miss Cassidy Hutchinson,” Cheney said.

" Harriet Hageman, who is running against Cheney and has been endorsed by Trump , responded to this statement Thursday night. "The threat to our republic really comes from other sources," she said, adding that there are"two different systems of justice" and claimed one does not hold Democrats"accountable for their decisions. Hutchinson sat for multiple closed-door transcribed interviews with the committee during its year-long inquiry but on Tuesday, she spoke publicly for the first time during the committee's sixth publicized hearing." "Yet, you have the conservatives or Republicans who are being punished for expressing their First Amendment rights," she said. Cheney, who is trailing Hageman by nearly 30% in a couple of internal polls conducted by Trump and Hageman allies, began the debate by going on offense against Hageman. Story continues She challenged Hageman to say the 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Republicans loyal to Trump, including Trump himself, immediately sought to discredit her testimony. 6 during the counting of Electoral College electors, knowing that his supporters were armed.

She also cited testimony from former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien to the Jan. 6 committee, where he said Trump had no basis to declare victory on election night. Stepien is now an advisor to Hageman's campaign.. "I think that she can't say that it wasn't stolen because she's completely beholden to Donald Trump," Cheney said, referring to Hageman. In response, Hageman diverted from directly addressing Cheney's question and said the"press and certain people have obsessed" over the Jan.  Report a typo.

6 attack. "We have real confidence as a committee that she testified honestly, and in her credibility, and I think the world saw that -- she testified under oath, and her credibility is there for the world to judge," Cheney said in her interview with Karl. She added that she rarely hears about it or the House select committee from Wyoming voters. And when she does, voters say"how unfair this entire committee is." "They're focusing on something that happened 18 months ago, they're not focusing on the issues that are important to the people in Wyoming," she said." MORE: As Trump rails at Cassidy Hutchinson's Jan."And they're also ignoring the corruption that is absolutely destroying Washington, D.

C., and, as a result, taking down the rest of the country. Hutchinson stands by all of the testimony she provided yesterday, under oath, to the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol," Hutchinson's counsel, Jody Hunt and William Jordan, said in the statement to ABC News." Hageman later charged that Cheney was too focused on the Jan. 6 committee and had been ignoring Wyoming voters. The other candidates — state Sen.

Anthony Bouchard, businesswoman Robyn Belinsky and veteran Denton Knapp — also criticized the Jan. 6 committee and claimed there was widespread fraud in the 2020 election. "We the people were stifled. The First Amendment right was washed out the door. It's a waste of time and resources," Belinsky said about the committee.

Bouchard called it"a lot of distraction" and a"kangaroo court," repeating a line Trump has used. The candidates also disagreed with Cheney over whether bipartisanship should still be a goal in Congress. Cheney said there is a"toxicity and a vitriol that is absolutely tearing our country apart… we have to elect leaders who won't simply say what they think people want to hear." Bouchard said he was elected to the state Senate by hardline Republicans and is representing them. Hageman said when people talk about congressional bipartisanship, they're actually wondering when the GOP will cave.

"I don't see bipartisanship," she said."On the Democrat side, what I see is the moving forward of an agenda that's been extremely destructive to this country." Cheney has spent over $1.2 million on ads thus far, with Hageman and allied groups having spent a collective $775,445, according to data from AdImpact. Meanwhile, Trump's Save America PAC began to spend on ads in mid-May.

The debate was not open to the public due to security concerns and death threats to one of the candidates, according to Wyoming PBS. Wyoming's primaries are on August 16. .