A Republican lawmaker is calling out Rep. Liz Cheney after a claim the Wyoming Republican made during a Thursday House hearing.
According to Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Cheney claimed that he sought a pardon from then-President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol Building.
“The notion that I ever sought a Presidential pardon for myself or other Members of Congress is an absolute, shameless, and soulless lie,” Perry said on Twitter Friday, the day after the prime-time televised hearings.
Cheney alleged that Perry “contacted the White House in the weeks after Jan. 6 to seek a presidential pardon.”
“Multiple other Republican congressmen also sought presidential pardons for their roles in attempting to overturn the 2020 election,” she added.
The Epoch Times adds:
She provided no evidence for the claims, and did not identify any other members of Congress other than Perry, who was one of the members who voted against the certification of electoral results from Arizona and Pennsylvania.
Perry said on a podcast that he did not do anything wrong on Jan. 6.
“No, of course not. I was in the Capitol doing my legislative duties,” Perry said.
He also referred to the panel as a “sham committee,” noting it only has members handpicked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) because she rejected choices put forth by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in what McCarthy said at the time was unprecedented.
Cheney’s claim comes amid reports this week that she is way behind her GOP primary opponent, Trump-backed Wyoming lawyer Harriet Hageman.
“Just 28 percent of Wyoming Republican voters say they would cast a ballot to reelect Cheney in the 2022 midterms, according to a new poll from Fabrizio, Lee & Associates survey and consulting firm,” the Daily Mail reported Friday.
“The survey of 400 likely Republican primary voters in the deep red state shows that 56 percent would vote for Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hageman over the incumbent if the election were held today,” the report added.
That’s a 28-point deficit to Hageman, likely too substantial for Cheney to pull out a reelection victory at this point, according to most political observers.