Liz Cheney on whether the Supreme Court will rule to disqualify Trump: “We have to be prepared” to defeat him at the polls

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Washington — Former Republican representative. Liz Cheney of Wyoming said Sunday that he believes former President Donald Trump should be disqualified from the election, saying his behavior was related to the Assault of January 6, 2021 in the United States Capitol “certainly” falls under the insurrection clause of the 14th Amendment.

“If you look at the work of the select committee, we made a criminal referral with respect to the part of the 14th Amendment that talks about giving aid and comfort to an insurrection,” said Cheney, who served on the congressional select committee on June 6. January. “Face the nation.” “I certainly think Donald Trump’s behavior rose to that level. I think he should be disqualified from holding office in the future.”

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a high-stakes decision of the Colorado high court that barred Trump from participating in the state’s primary election, citing the insurrection clause of the Constitution. The clause prohibits holding public office a person who has taken an oath to the Constitution and participates in an insurrection.

The Colorado Supreme Court, in a split ruling, said Trump is disqualified from serving as president due to his actions related to the Capitol riot and therefore cannot appear on the state’s primary ballot. Triumph appealed the decision.

Republican Rep. Liz Cheney on “Face the Nation,” January 7, 2024.

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“We’ll see what happens in the courts,” Cheney said when asked if she thinks the Supreme Court will ultimately disqualify Trump. “In the meantime, and in any case, we have to be prepared to make sure that we can defeat him at the polls, which I think we will eventually be able to do.”

Another case that could also reach the Supreme Court is whether Trump has presidential immunity from charges of conspiring to overturn the 2020 election.

Trump has been charged with four federal charges related to the alleged attempt to overturn the election results and has pleaded not guilty. He maintains that the allegation should be dismissed because it arose from actions he took while in the White House.

A federal appeals court is weighing whether to uphold a district court’s ruling that Trump is not protected from federal prosecution for alleged crimes committed while in office.

Cheney said there is “no basis for claiming that the president of the United States is completely immune from criminal prosecution for acts in office.”

“I suspect that’s what the court will decide,” he said.

He also said it’s “very important” that Trump can’t delay the trial because voters should be able to see the evidence before the election.

“I think it’s really important that people, as they look at all of this litigation, recognize what Donald Trump is trying to do,” Cheney said. “He’s trying to suppress evidence. He’s trying to delay his trial, because he doesn’t want people to see the witnesses who will testify against him… Trump knows that the witnesses at his trial are not his political opponents. He knows that “They’re going to be the people closest to him, the people he appointed, and he doesn’t want the American people to see that evidence before they vote. They have a right to see that evidence before that vote.”

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