Republican Liz Cheney widened her attack on Donald Trump after she lost her primary Tuesday night, saying the former president spread an “insidious lie” by claiming the FBI agents who searched his Florida home , were politically motivated.
Federal agents last week seized boxes of documents, some of which were top secret, from the former president’s resort in Palm Beach, Fla., as part of an investigation into whether key papers were illegally removed from the White House after Trump left office.
Trump has claimed without evidence that the investigation and the agents involved are part of a conspiracy by his political rivals to politically harm him.
“That’s another insidious lie,” US Representative Cheney said in a speech acknowledging her loss Tuesday night. She added that Trump “knows that accepting these conspiracies will provoke violence and threats of violence. This happened on January 6th and it is happening again now.”
Cheney drew Trump’s ire by voting to charge him with inciting his supporters’ deadly attack on the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 and having a prominent role in the congressional investigation into the violence on that day.
“Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, of her behavior and her spiteful, hypocritical words and actions towards others,” Trump said in a post on his social media platform Truth after Cheney admitted her loss.
Trump himself announced the search of his property on Aug. 8, contributing to the Justice Department’s unusual decision four days later to ask a judge to release the court-approved search warrant.
A gunman with right-wing views tried to break into an FBI office in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday. He was later shot dead by police after a chase.
On Monday, the Justice Department said a Pennsylvania man had been arrested for making threats against FBI agents on the social media service Gab. Adam Bies, 46, was arrested Friday in connection with the social media posts, the Justice Department said.
Cheney noted that Trump allies released the names of two agents involved in the search.
“That was intentional and malicious,” Cheney said. “No patriotic American should condone or be intimidated by these threats. Our great nation must not be ruled by a mob provoked via social media.”
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/north-america/liz-cheney-accuses-trump-of-insidious-lie-about-fbi-search-of-his-home-after-losing-congress-seat-41917427.html Liz Cheney has accused Trump of an “insidious lie” about the FBI’s search of his home after he lost the seat in Congress