Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is not backing down from her fight with former President Donald Trump and is now encouraging the United States Department of Justice to conduct a criminal investigation into the former president.
In an interview with NBC News, Cheney said it was necessary for the DOJ to uncover the full truth about the events leading up to the deadly January 6th riots at the Capitol, even if that meant charging the former president with crimes.
"I think the American people have to know," she said. "And certainly any president who did what we know this former president did has got to be investigated criminally."
Cheney dodged when she asked whether she would run for president herself in 2024, but she insisted that Trump "must not ever again be anywhere close to the Oval Office."
Cheney was ousted from her leadership position this week by her fellow House Republicans over her refusal to stop criticizing Trump for his continued lies about the results of the 2020 presidential election.
A former Republican lawmaker from Wisconsin on Thursday slammed his party for lying about the nature of the January 6th riots at the United States Capitol building.
Former Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) told CNN's John Berman that he was shocked watching so many Republicans downplay the events of January 6th, with some even questioning whether the violent rioters who were draped in Trump gear were actually Trump supporters.
"It defies explanation, John," he said. "I'm not sure how they can say it. You have to deny what you actually see and what we just saw, and you must deny the truth, and this is part of the problem."
Ribble said that ousted GOP leader Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) was exactly right to not back down in the face of party pressure to move on from the MAGA riots and to keep pushing for the party to escape Trump's thrall.
"I thought her floor speech was powerful, which was that we must build a future that's built on telling the American people the truth," he said. "And this coalition that we're getting to form here is to try to push the party back to truthfulness and back to common sense."
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The Trump administration delayed the first-ever report from the Environmental Protection Agency blaming humans for climate change.
The EPA acknowledged in a 2017 report that human activity was, at least in part, to blame for glaciers shrinking, sea levels rising, coastal flooding and other threats, but the agency's climate change indicators website was not updated under former president Donald Trump, reported the BBC.
"Combatting climate change - it's not optional. It's essential at EPA," said the agency's administrator Michael Regan, who was appointed by President Joe Biden. "We will move with a sense of urgency because we know what's at stake."
The EPA had never before attributed global warming to human activity, even during Barack Obama's administration, but the agency neglected to release its findings under Trump, who had called climate change a "hoax."
The report shows data from dozens of federal agencies to show the damage already caused by climate change, including coastal flooding and wildfires, and attributed rising temperatures to increased energy consumption -- which has nearly doubled in summer months since 1973.
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