Donald Trump warns Jan 6 probe after Liz Cheney “political oblivion”

Former President Donald Trump appeared to issue a warning to the House of Representatives’ Select Committee investigating January 6, 2021 after Representative Liz Cheney‘s primary defeat.

Trump took to his Truth Social platform on Tuesday to celebrate Cheney’s Republican primary loss to Harriet Hageman, whom the former president endorsed, and suggested the select committee could soon be dissolved.

The former president called Hageman’s victory “a complete rebuke of the Unselect Committee of political Hacks and Thugs.”

“Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, the way she acted, and her spiteful, sanctimonious words and actions towards others,” Trump went on. “Now she can finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion where, I am sure, she will be much happier than she is right now.”

In a further post on Truth Social, Trump linked the January 6 committee’s work to Cheney’s loss. Cheney serves as vice chair of the committee and is one of only two Republicans on the panel.

“I assume that with the very big Liz Cheney loss, far bigger than had ever been anticipated, the January 6th Committee of political Hacks and Thugs will quickly begin the beautiful process of DISSOLUTION? This was a referendum on the never ending Witch Hunt. The people have spoken!” the former president wrote.

Trump also called Cheney’s concession speech “uninspiring” and attacked her for not believing the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. Courts have consistently rejected claims that the election suffered mass voter fraud and other irregularities.

“Liz Cheney’s uninspiring concession speech, in front of a ‘tiny’ crowd in the Great State of Wyoming, focused on her belief that the 2020 Presidential Election was not, despite massive and conclusive evidence to the contrary, Rigged & Stolen,” Trump wrote, adding that “it was.”

“Liz Cheney is a fool who played right into the hands of those who want to destroy our Country!” he said.

Hageman had defeated Cheney in Tuesday’s primary with 66.3 percent of the vote, according to an Associated Press (AP) estimate with 99 percent of votes counted.

Cheney had won just 28.9 percent support from Republican primary voters.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) gives a concession speech to supporters during a primary night event on August 16, 2022 in Jackson, Wyoming. Former President Donald Trump has welcomed Cheney’s defeat.
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