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No evidence of political motivation behind FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago, Cheney says

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Liz Cheney attends a U.S. House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in Washington, D.C., the USA, on July 27, 2021.

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Representative Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., told ABC News that there was no political motivation in carrying out an FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s resort home in Palm Beach, Florida.

“I’ve seen no evidence that there was any political motivation,” Cheney told ABC News when asked concerning the Mar-a-Lago raid carried out by FBI agents.

“I used to be ashamed to listen to Republicans immediately and reflexively attack the FBI agents who executed the search warrant. I used to be disgusted once I learned that President Trump had released the names of the agents when he released the unredacted search warrant, and that has now caused violence,” Cheney said within the interview, which aired on Sunday.

“This can be a really dangerous moment,” she added.

On the heels of her congressional primary loss, Cheney also said that she is going to work with bipartisan political leaders to be sure that Trump never holds the nation’s highest office again.

“I feel, I feel we have now to make sure that that he shouldn’t be our nominee,” Cheney told ABC News.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the Conservative Political Motion Conference (CPAC) held on the Hilton Anatole on August 06, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. CPAC began in 1974, and is a conference that brings together and hosts conservative organizations, activists, and world leaders in discussing current events and future political agendas. 

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Cheney warned that Trump’s characterizations of U.S. elections as rigged is dangerous and disrupts the “fundamental function and principle at the middle of our constitutional republic.”

“There’s just simply no way that the nation and for my part, excuse that and put him ready of power again,” Cheney said, referencing Trump’s 2020 presidential election loss after which the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

When asked concerning the Jan. 6 committee, which she serves as vice chair, Cheney declined to say whether Trump can be called to testify.

“I do not need to make any announcements about that this morning. I feel it’s totally necessary. As I said in the primary hearing and the second hearing. His interactions with our committee will probably be under oath,” she said.

Cheney noted that the committee has been in discussions with former Vice President Mike Pence’s legal counsel.

“When the country has been through something as grave as this, everyone who has information has an obligation to step forward. So I might hope that he’ll do this,” Cheney said.

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