Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Cheney is a Profile in Courage

Scriber thinks Liz Cheney is the epitome of courage. So do other internet denizens.

Tom Rath @polguru
The Kennedy School annually presents the “Profiles In Courage” award to political folks who lived up to the promise of our democracy. I respectfully submit that they consider Rep Cheney for this year’s honor.

Here, from Charlie Sykes at The Bulwark, are some reasons for such a nomination.

The Marvelous Mrs. Cheney

If you can’t admire this woman, I’m not sure you understand the concept of courage. ICYMI, another bravura performance on the floor of the House last night:

@Acyn
Cheney: All of my colleagues, all of them knew that what happened on January 6th was an assault on the constitution. They knew it at the time yet now they are defending the indefensible… How we address January 6th is moral test of our generation

@HeathMayo
She isn’t messing around. This isn’t a game for her. She traded her good standing in the GOP to prosecute this event for the posterity and integrity of our country. God bless Liz Cheney. History’s long arc will be kind to her legacy.

A criminal case?

Allahpundit notes that Cheney may be hinting that they are “building a case that Trump committed a federal crime on January 6.”

Trump may or may not have expected that the rally he held on the morning of January 6 would lead to a riot. The committee’s digging into that. What Cheney’s suggesting here, though, is something more akin to being an accessory after the fact. Even if Trump didn’t intend to incite a riot, did he sit on his hands in the Oval Office while it played out in the expectation that the violence might prevent Congress from ratifying Biden’s victory?

Jose Pagliery notes that Cheney’s words there are carefully chosen. 18 U.S. Code § 1505 – Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees:

Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication influences, obstructs, or impedes or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the law under which any pending proceeding is being had before any department or agency of the United States, or the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation is being had by either House, or any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress—

Shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.

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