Harriet Hageman, the Wyoming attorney who is challenging Rep. Liz Cheney during the coming GOP primary this spring has lambasted her over the incumbent husband’s ties to China.
The law firm Cheney’s husband, Philip Perry, works for has deep financial ties to Chinese firms, according to a report this week by Just The News.
The site noted that Cheney, who was part of a 15-member China Task Force that produced an extensive report outlining the myriad of ways the country poses a national security threat to the U.S., spoke about those threats when the report was released.
“Cheney called on the U.S. to stand up to the ‘generational threat’ posed by China” in recent weeks “while unveiling a major report on Beijing’s ‘malign behavior’ at the same time her husband’s law firm was working on behalf of companies linked to China’s military, intelligence, and security services.”
However, while she spoke, “her husband Philip Perry’s law firm was cashing in on legal and lobbying work that his employer — Latham & Watkins (LW), one of the largest law firms in the world — was doing for a host of Chinese companies, some of which were involved in the kind of activity that Cheney was warning had to be stopped,” the outlet continued, adding that Perry did not do the work himself but his firm was enriched, meaning he directly benefitted.
“This is exactly the problem with Washington, D.C.,” Hageman said on the “John Solomon Reports” podcast on Wednesday as she blasted Cheney and her husband.
“What do we find out when we dig a little bit deeper” is that “her husband and she are personally, financially benefiting from working for China and Kazakhstan and Belarus and Saudi Arabia,” Hageman said, according to the outlet.
“He has a choice, he can either work with his firm and take the stand that his wife is apparently advocating publicly, and say, ‘We’re not going to represent countries or companies that, number one have problems with human rights abuses and number two, who are really kind of in a soft war with the United States.’ Or you can go to another law firm,” said Hageman. “Have some integrity.”
Former President Donald Trump has publicly endorsed Hageman after Cheney broke ranks with most of her party and voted to impeach Trump following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, blaming him for instigating it.