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Liz Cheney Goes After Trump Again, This Time Over Executive Privilege

Liz Cheney sides with the Democrats on a matter of Trump records and executive privilege. The Supreme Court is sure to be involved.
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Biden Authorizes Release of Records 

The WSJ reports President Biden authorizes release of some Trump records related to the Jan. 6 capitol riot.

Former President Donald Trump’s adviser Steve Bannon said he wouldn’t cooperate with the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, while President Biden rejected Mr. Trump’s attempt to assert executive privilege over records related to the attack. 

Mr. Trump has said he would assert executive privilege to block Mr. Bannon and other former aides from testifying before investigators. In a statement Friday, Mr. Trump decried the investigation and said “this dangerous assault on our Constitution and important legal precedent will not work.” 

“We will comply with the directions of the courts, when and if they rule on these claims of both executive and attorney-client privileges,” said the lawyer, Robert J. Costello, in a letter. “Since these privileges belong to President Trump and not to Mr. Bannon, until these issues are resolved, Mr. Bannon is legally unable to comply with your subpoena requests for documents and testimony.” 

The committee, led by Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D., Miss.) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) issued subpoenas to four Trump administration officials last month, seeking to compel them to turn over records and sit for depositions in connection with the events surrounding the attack. 

In addition to Mr. Bannon, the subpoenas also were sent to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows ; Dan Scavino, former White House deputy chief of staff; and Kashyap Patel, who was chief of staff to the acting Defense secretary at the end of the Trump administration. Mr. Thompson told reporters late last month that Mr. Scavino hadn’t accepted service. The deadline for the four men to produce documents to the committee was Thursday.

Executive privilege—or the longstanding legal doctrine that the president is entitled to shield some material from public or congressional scrutiny for the purposes of receiving candid advice—dates back to the George Washington administration. But the idea of outside advisers such as Mr. Bannon being potentially covered never came up until the Trump years and no court has definitively weighed in on the question

Headed to Supreme Court

This case is surely headed to the Supreme Court. 

Meanwhile, note that LIz Cheney, the Republican daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, continues her feud with Trump.

Liz Cheney’s Re-Election Bid

Trump wants challengers to run against Cheney and also against Senator Mitch McConnell. 

Actually, Trump wants a slate of candidates to run against anyone who disagrees with him on anything. 

Please consider Liz Cheney’s Re-Election Bid Pits Trump Against Bush.

The race for Wyoming’s single U.S. House district has pitted two of the biggest names in Republican politics against one another: both of the party’s living former presidents.

Former President George W. Bush’s first campaign event of the 2022 midterms will be a fundraiser to support Rep. Liz Cheney, the Wyoming Republican who is among former President Donald Trump’s top targets to unseat. The fundraiser will be held next month in Dallas, according to a copy of an invitation viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Trump endorsed Harriet Hageman, one of Ms. Cheney’s Republican challengers, earlier this month. Mr. Trump has called Ms. Cheney a “warmongering fool” and a “horrible human being.”

Wyoming state Sen. Anthony Bouchard has also opened a primary bid and had raised about $550,000 as of June 30.

Ms. Cheney, meanwhile, has responded to Mr. Trump’s attacks with the two best fundraising quarters of her political career. She raised $1.5 million in the first three months of the year and $1.9 million in the following three. John Boehner and Paul Ryan, both former GOP House speakers, have helped raise money for her, and Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Mitt Romney of Utah have all contributed to her campaign from their respective political committees.

Liz Cheney Says in Floor Speech GOP Can’t Ignore Trump’s Election Lie

Recall that on May 11, Liz Cheney Says in Floor Speech GOP Can’t Ignore Trump’s Election Lie

Mr. Trump has claimed that the election was stolen from him, and he has continued to make unfounded allegations after Mr. Biden took office. In a statement Tuesday, he said the election was “rigged and stolen from us.” 

Contrary to Mr. Trump’s claims, no widespread fraud has been detected in the 2020 election. The Justice Department under Mr. Trump said there was no evidence of any fraud significant enough to question the outcome.

Ms. Cheney, who was one of 10 House Republicans to join Democrats in voting to impeach Mr. Trump, said the former president continued to pose a danger.

“Today we face a threat America has never seen before—a former president who provoked a violent attack on this Capitol in an effort to steal the election has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him,” Ms. Cheney said Tuesday evening. “He risks inciting further violence. The election is over. That is the rule of law. That is our constitutional process. Those who refuse to accept the rulings of our courts are at war with the Constitution.”

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