Liz Cheney: Trump’s attack on Pence during Capitol riot could’ve been a ‘premeditated effort to provoke violence’

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Speaking on Fox News this Sunday, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) suggested that former President Trump’s tweet attacking then-Vice President Mike Pence on the day of the riot at the U.S. Capitol could be construed as an attempt to provoke violence.

Asked by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace if she’d vote to convict Trump in his upcoming impeachment trial, Cheney said she would  “listen to the evidence.”

“People will want to know exactly what the president was doing,” she said. “They want to know, for example, whether the tweet he sent out calling Vice President Pence a coward while the attack was underway, whether that tweet, for example, was a premeditated effort to provoke violence.”

“There are a lot of questions that have to be answered and there will be many, many criminal investigations looking at every aspect of this and everyone who was involved, as there should be, but I stand firmly by my statement,” Cheney continued. “We have never seen that kind of an assault by a president of the United States on another branch of government and that can never happen again.”

Cheney is referring to a tweet Trump posted as the riot at the Capitol was well underway, which read, “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!”

Watch the full interview with Cheney below:

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