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Casper, WY – Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) joined CBS’s “Face the Nation” this morning to discuss the United States’ response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Watch the full interview here and see a transcript below:

MARGARET BRENNANWe go now to Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming who joins us from Casper. Good morning to you, Congresswoman.

REP. LIZ CHENEYGood morning, Margaret. Good to be with you.

BRENNANHave we reached the limit of what is possible to do here with sanctions, or is there something more you think would make a difference?

REP. CHENEYOh, we certainly haven’t reached the limit. I think that we have seen impressive progress. I think the fact that we’ve had European countries and NATO united with the United States as we go forward is a very positive thing. I do think we need to do more. I would like to see us move, with respect to the Russian Central Bank completely. I’d like to see SWIFT sanctions that don’t leave any carve outs. I’d like to see the oil industry affected. I’d like to see very clear that, you know, the United States ought to be looking at ourselves, frankly, as an arsenal of energy for the world, in the way that in World War II we were an arsenal of democracy. We ought to be an arsenal of energy, so we ought to be unleashing our own energy resources, our own energy production. We have to stop the import of Russian oil to the United States. So, there is certainly more we can do. We ought to be sanctioning not just Putin, not just Lavrov, not just the oligarchs, but all of their families. This behavior, this aggression against Ukraine is something the world simply cannot tolerate. So, the sanctions ought to go further. As I said, we’ve made good progress so far.

BRENNAN: But do you agree with President Biden’s strategy here that rather than go nose-to-nose with the Russian military, U.S. force should be completely off the table and that it should all be dependent on sanctions?

REP. CHENEYI think there are several things we need to be doing. We need to certainly be increasing the sanctions, as I’ve said. I would have sequenced the sanctions differently. I would have done more early on. I think we need to make sure we’re rushing additional Javelin and Stinger missiles to the Ukranians. We need to make sure we get the supplemental assistance package that should be on the Floor of the House this week — we need to get that moving. We need to make sure we are moving to deploy forces as we are in Eastern Europe. We need to make sure we’re continuing to encourage our allies to do the same. So, I think there are a number of things we need to be doing that make very clear that the United States stands with Ukraine. As you look at things like Vladimir Putin’s threat, for example, this morning about his nuclear forces, you know, that is something we need to take seriously, but we also need to be clear we’re not going to be intimidated. Our former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, John Herbst, has pointed out that it cost Putin nothing to make that threat, but it would cost him everything were he to follow through, certainly, with any use of nuclear force. So, the United States has got to be absolutely clear about that.

BRENNANI want to ask you about where the conservative movement is these days with Russia. J.D. Vance, an Ohio candidate for Senate, said on a podcast recently, “I don’t really care what happens to Ukraine one way or the other.” Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri told CBS the U.S. should not send troops to any NATO country since the U.S. can’t afford it. So, there is this non-interventionist, isolationist movement that President Trump himself really endorsed with America First. How do you explain to voters why that view, Republican view, is wrong?

REP. CHENEY: Look, we’ve been down that road before. We’ve seen isolationism in both parties and it’s always been wrong and it’s always been dangerous. America cannot defend and maintain our own freedom and security if we think that we’re simply going to withdraw from the world and not lead. You know, we are watching today the brutality of Vladimir Putin as he attempts to invade a democratic, sovereign nation. And anyone who thinks that U.S. freedom and security is going to be maintained if we take a step back and don’t lead, you simply need to look at what’s happening in Ukraine to recognize that those who fill the void when the U.S. steps away are people like the Russians, like the Chinese, like the Iranians. And so, the idea that the world will be safe and that America will be able to be safe and free with an isolationist approach is wrong. It’s also wrong morally. You know, America stands for freedom. America was founded on fundamental principles of freedom. And I think it’s indefensible for people to abandon those, or suggest that we have no view as between Russia and Ukraine in this battle.

BRENNAN: The first impeachment trial of President Trump was triggered from a complaint by a U.S. intelligence official who said that the President was withholding aid or threatening to to Ukraine, to President Zelensky, in order to win political favors. Do you regret your ‘No’ vote then? Do you view what happened then differently now?

REP. CHENEYI don’t regret my vote. I think any impeachment vote has got to be one that is based very clearly on the evidence. And I think that we certainly have learned a lot from that first impeachment trial that we are using as we move forward in the January 6th Committee. I think that it is very important — you’ll see with the January 6th Committee, we have a very aggressive litigation strategy. And I think there were a number of instances in the first impeachment where it would have been important and decisive to have witnesses testify who did not come in and testify. We did not enforce those subpoenas. I think, though, it’s very clear, if you look at some of the challenges that we’re dealing with now, President Trump spent a large part of his presidency, for example, attacking NATO, saying that NATO was obsolete. Attacking our allies. And we are certainly seeing today how crucially important NATO is, how crucially important our allies are. I was very pleased to see that Germany has announced that they will be raising their defense spending to two percent. One thing that President Trump got right was increased spending for the military. And it is very important for us, especially as we look at the challenges now, as we look at Putin’s nuclear threat, we cannot adopt policies like a no-first-use nuclear policy. We can’t accept defense spending that is insufficient to defend our interests. We have to make sure that we are recognizing here at home what is important and necessary to defend ourselves.

BRENNANWell, I think that picture looks a lot different now that we see a city being bombed by Russia. We’re going to talk about some of that ahead with H.R. McMaster. Thank you so much, Liz Cheney, for joining us. We’ll be right back.

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