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'They're not even standing by what they're doing!' CNN's Jake Tapper slams GOP for ousting Cheney anonymously
On Wednesday, behind closed doors and by voice vote, House Republicans voted to expel Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from GOP leadership for her continued, outspoken criticism of former President Donald Trump's conspiracy theories about the 2020 election results.
On the day's edition of CNN's "The Lead," anchor Jake Tapper tore into the GOP's decision as a cowardly move in conversation with congressional correspondent Manu Raju.
"This isn't about Liz Cheney per se, it's about the big embrace of the big lie and not telling the truth about the big insurrection, and Leader McCarthy, he allowed this to be done behind closed doors, meaning no actual counting of the ayes or the nays," said Tapper. "So they're not even standing by what they're doing, and it lets everybody off of the hook, they don't have to say how they voted!"
"Yes, they wanted to rip the Band-Aid off of this because it was an ugly dispute for the party, and McCarthy recognizing this as well," said Raju. "I asked him about Liz Cheney, and he said that he had a conversation with her about this, and downplayed it and he said it is because she was not staying on message and not talking about the fact that this message that she is saying that she wants Republicans like McCarthy to push back against Donald Trump, but viewing it as something not favorable for the party. And even if there were a vote, Jake, it would be secret ballot, and she would have lost that vote overwhelmingly."
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Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) was blasted on Wednesday after he proclaimed in a hearing that the attack on the U.S. Capitol never happened. In what is being called "insurrection denial," Clyde told a House hearing that the protesters were mere "visitors" who filed into the building "in an orderly fashion.
Rep. Andrew Clyde's (R-GA) comments today don't hold up well when played side-by-side with insurrection footage, so… https://t.co/lJfvKNYOMD— j.d. durkin (@j.d. durkin) 1620850182.0
The Fix did their own video, splicing three Republicans who have claimed that the attack never happened or characterized it as a rowdy group of "misfits."
New @thefix mashup: Seven House Republicans used today’s Oversight hearing on the Jan. 6 Capitol attack to defend… https://t.co/SPJBgWvh4F— JM Rieger (@JM Rieger) 1620858668.0
The U.S. Capitol was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic so, visitors weren't allowed. Also, tourists aren't allowed in restricted areas of the Capitol without escorts or specific passes. Over 140 officers were injured in the attack on the Capitol and five people died.
Democratic officials offered to show Clyde the videos matched with his video as well as others that haven't been seen by the public.
Dear @Rep_Clyde: As a House Impeachment Manager, I reviewed a lot of evidence and video footage. Happy to show the… https://t.co/t65J9u2ZuG— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu) 1620848435.0
US President Joe Biden said Wednesday that Israel has a right to defend itself but after speaking with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he hopes violent clashes with Palestinians will end quickly.
"I had a conversation with Bibi Netanyahu not too long ago," Biden told reporters. "My expectation and hope is that this will be closing down sooner than later, but Israel has a right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory."
Biden said US diplomacy was in high gear with national security and defense staff "in constant contact with their counterparts in the Middle East -- not just with the Israelis, but also with everyone from the Egyptians and the Saudis to the Emiratis."
Earlier, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that Hady Amr, the State Department official in charge of Israeli and Palestinian affairs, was leaving Wednesday to the region to urge "de-escalation of violence."
The top US diplomat also talked with Netanyahu, again pushing for both sides to step back from fighting.
Blinken "reiterated his call on all parties to de-escalate tensions and bring a halt to the violence," said a State Department statement.
The Pentagon said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had called his Israeli counterpart, Benny Gantz, and backed Israel's "legitimate right to defend itself and its people" while also urging steps to restore calm.
Blinken described scenes of dead Palestinian civilians, including children, as "harrowing" but defended Israel's assault on Gaza in response to rocket fire by Hamas militants.
"I think Israel has an extra burden in trying to do everything they possibly can to avoid civilian casualties, even as it is rightfully responding in defense of its people," Blinken said.
But the diplomat said there was a "very clear and absolute distinction between a terrorist organization, Hamas, that is indiscriminately raining down rockets -- in fact, targeting civilians -- and Israel's response defending itself."
Biden's administration earlier appealed to ally Israel to reroute a flashpoint parade in Jerusalem and prevent evictions of Palestinians in the holy city, the immediate trigger for the new round of violence.
Taking more nuance after the militantly pro-Israel administration of Donald Trump, Blinken renewed US support for the eventual creation of an independent Palestinian state.
"This violence takes us further away from that goal," Blinken said.
"We believe Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live with safety and security and will continue to engage with Israelis, Palestinians and other regional partners to urge de-escalation and to bring calm."
In a statement, the White House said that during his call with Netanyahu, Biden "condemned the rocket attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups, including against Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. He conveyed his unwavering support for Israel's security and for Israel's legitimate right to defend itself and its people, while protecting civilians."
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