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

Liz Cheney attends a U.S. House Select Committee hearing on the January 6 Capitol riot in Washington, DC, U.S., on July 27, 2021.

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Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., told ABC News there was no political motivation to conduct an FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s vacation home in Palm Beach, Florida.

“I haven’t seen any evidence that there was any political motivation,” Cheney told ABC News when asked about the Mar-a-Lago raid carried out by FBI agents.

“I was embarrassed to hear Republicans immediately and reflexively attack the FBI agents who executed the search warrant. I was disgusted when I learned that President Trump had released the names of the agents when he issued the ‘unredacted search warrant, and that has now led to violence.'” Cheney said in the interview, which aired Sunday.

“This is a really dangerous time,” he added.

After his loss in the congressional primaries, Cheney also said he will work with bipartisan political leaders to ensure Trump never again holds the nation’s highest office.

“I think, I think we need to make sure he’s not our nominee,” Cheney told ABC News.

Former US President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Hilton Anatole on August 6, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. CPAC began in 1974 and is a conference that brings together and hosts conservative organizations, activists, and world leaders to discuss current events and future political agendas.

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Cheney warned that Trump’s characterization of the US election as rigged is dangerous and disrupts the “fundamental function and principle at the heart of our constitutional republic.”

“There’s just no way that the nation, and in my opinion, will apologize for that and put him back in a position of power,” Cheney said, referring to Trump’s loss of the 2020 presidential election and then to the storming of the United States Capitol on January 6.

Asked about the Jan. 6 committee, of which she serves as vice chair, Cheney declined to say whether Trump would be called to testify.

“I don’t want to make any announcements about it this morning. I think it’s very important. As I said at the first hearing and the second hearing. Your interactions with our committee will be under oath,” he 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 serious as this, everybody who has information has an obligation to step forward. So I hope he does,” Cheney said.

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