Washington – This morning, Wyoming Congresswoman and House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) appeared on Fox and Friends where she spoke about holding the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) accountable for intentionally allowing COVID-19 to spread globally in order to inflict economic pain on the rest of the world. Watch the full interview here, and see an excerpt of the transcript below:
STEVE DOOCY: I know you are part of a task force regarding China, and how China has deceived the United States of America, and apparently there’s now a story out in The Washington Post and The New York Times that says the administration is about to accuse Chinese hackers and other entities like that of trying to steal our secrets as we rush to figure out how to make a vaccine
REP. LIZ CHENEY: Yeah, look, I think there’s no question, the Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese government is absolutely directly responsible for this pandemic for the deaths, for the economic devastation that we’re seeing. I think they clearly decided at some point, when they knew that they had human-to-human transmission in Wuhan, they understood that the economic devastation was going to be huge. I think they believed that they would rather have that spread around the globe than simply something that they suffered from. So we watched them stop travel from Wuhan into the rest of China, but then let the travel continue around the world. There’s no question they caused this virus to be spread. They have to be held accountable, and I think that their role in the world, the extent to which they clearly cannot continue to be a member of the civilized community of nations, because of what they’ve done, because of the lies. It’s something that we’ve got to take a very close look at. I think you’re going to see across-the-board steps both to make sure that we move our supply chain, steps to ensure that they do not have the seat at the table that they have had in the past, steps to ensure that we educate the American people so that they understand the vast array of steps the government of China has been taking for so many years now, really to try to defeat us. We’ve got to make sure we’re defending ourselves and that the United States leads the free world. The world has got to live by rules set by countries that believe in freedom, not set by the Communist Chinese Party.
Rep. Cheney also was asked about the misbehavior of Obama administration officials involved in the investigation of former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn:
Cheney: Obama’s Department Of Justice Clearly Believed They Were Above The Law
AINSLEY EARHARDT: Can you believe this? What do you think happened? Biden, it turns out now, was in that January 5th meeting.
REP. LIZ CHENEY: Well, it absolutely looks like a whole bunch of people — President Obama, Vice President Biden, Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice — all are acting as though they are very, very nervous. All are acting as though suddenly they’re concerned that the American people are going to learn the truth. When you write an email to yourself, which looks like sort of a reminder, note to self, make sure people don’t think that we’ve been abusing the law, and then you watch President Obama for the first time speaking out publicly within the last 48 hours or so, and of course what you just played, Vice President Biden not even being able to keep his story straight within one minute of each other, so I think that there clearly were some very deeply troubling things that the administration, the Obama administration was doing and we absolutely have to get to the bottom of it. The American people need to know the truth.
BRIAN KILMEADE: So I think what’s happening here, if they would give Sodium Pentothal to the Obama administration and they would believe their intentions are pure, they really thought Trump was colluding with Vladimir Putin and they were handing the government over to a compromised candidate, and part of that compromise was led by Michael Flynn, a man who writes extensively about his anti-Russia sentiment, who fights in wars and knew about Russia’s presence in the Middle East, and not only spoke out against it. So do you think the Obama people really thought that Trump was selling out the country to Russia?REP. CHENEY: I don’t know what they thought. I think that that’s why we need to make sure that they are asked those questions. I think that they clearly believe they were above the law, and when you look at what was going on in terms of unmasking the names of U.S. officials that were in the classified documents, when you look at what they were doing after they fired General Flynn, clearly, there was some sort of a vendetta underway. When you look at Jim Comey, you know, Jim Comey on tape publicly on video saying that he knows that he basically violated the rules, violated the practice when he sent his FBI agents over to interview General Flynn. So, they clearly were trying to criminalize their political differences and they need to be investigated.
In addition, Rep. Cheney spoke about the partisan effort by Speaker Pelosi to unilaterally change House voting protocols without any input from Republicans:
Cheney: Indefensible For Democrats To Change 200 Years Of House Precedent In A Partisan Way
AINSLEY EARHARDT: Congresswoman, it looks like you’re there in Washington. When are you guys going to reconvene, and what’s the latest on the relief money?
REP. LIZ CHENEY: Well, we are hoping every day that Speaker Pelosi will in fact do her job, that she will stop negotiating simply with herself and her own party members behind closed doors. What we’re hearing now is that either later this week or first thing next week they are going to put a bill on the floor that will include, I’m sure, many very wasteful priorities that the Democrats’ radical agenda guide them to include. We’re also hearing what’s very troubling, Ainsley, that they are going to put on the floor a motion to allow remote voting. Now, this is something I think that from the perspective of being responsible, we need to think about how Congress operates during a pandemic, but I think it is really indefensible that the Democrats will not give concurrence to the Republicans in terms of the procedure itself. When you’re going to change over 200 years of history when you’re doing something that clearly affects the Constitution, it should never be done in a partisan way, and the Democrats under Speaker Pelosi are absolutely unwilling to say they will seek the agreement of the Republicans for any changes.
BRIAN KILMEADE: Yeah, and unless the majority goes to the Republicans, she’s going to continue to do this. She’s not even dealing with her own party, let alone your party.
REP. CHENEY: That’s right.