Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) laid into statements made by FBI officials that she believes sound “an awful lot like a coup” while joining ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.
Cheney expressed her concerns about the origins on the investigation into Russian election interference to host Martha Raddatz and called into question text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, which sparked concerns of political bias.
“I think what is really, crucially important to remember here is that you had Strzok and Page, who were in charge of launching this investigation, and they were saying things like, ‘We must stop this president. We need an insurance policy against this president,'” she pointed out.
Then she drove her point home.
“That in my view, when you have people who are in the highest echelons of the law enforcement of this nation saying things like that, that sounds an awful lot like a coup, and it could well be treason, and I think that we need to know more.”
Cheney added that we also need to know what James Comey and Andrew McCabe’s “role in all this” was and called to allow Attorney General William Barr to figure out what happened.
“Think about the fact that we had people that are at the highest levels of our law enforcement in this nation saying that they were going to stop a duly elected president of the United States, saying they needed an insurance policy against him, that is something that simply cannot happen,” she said.
Watch her comments below:
Rep. Liz Cheney: "We had people that are at the highest levels of our law enforcement … saying that they were going to stop a duly elected president of the United States."
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) May 26, 2019
“We have to have confidence in our law enforcement, and the attorney general has got to get to the bottom of what happened, how it was that those people were allowed to misuse and abuse their power that way,” she continued.
Cheney appears to be referring to text messages exchanged between Strzok and Page during the investigation in which they agreed they’d “stop” President Donald Trump from taking the Oval Office.
Her mention of McCabe echoes Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) concerns after the former acting FBI director revealed the agency considered invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. As IJR Red reported, he asked at the time, “Was this an attempted bureaucratic coup?”