Attorney says FBI agents conversation appears to be a coup
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) appeared on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, weighing-in on the ongoing spat between Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and President Donald Trump.
Cheney spoke with host Martha Raddatz, saying that the Democrats had put all their eggs in one basket with the Mueller report hoping it would provide enough evidence for the impeachment of Presdient Trump.
She also notes that FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who said things like ‘we must stop the president’ while launching the investigation, appear to be part of a coup.
“It could well be treason,” Cheney states.
Cheney weighs in on former FBI director James Comey asking what his role was in the investigation, adding that Attorney General William Barr’s focus should be on that area.
Below is the transcript of the interview:
RADDATZ: What’s your reaction to this back and forth?
CHENEY: You know, what I see every day – I’m obviously in the House of Representatives, and what I see every day is a speaker of the House who is increasingly losing her grip on the leadership of her conference.
And I think you’ve seen her being increasingly strident. You’re seeing her lashing out.
And you’re looking at the Democrats who had put all their eggs in the basket of the Mueller report hoping that it would provide the evidence they needed to move to impeachment. It didn’t.
But so now what they’re doing is basically taking all the oxygen out of the room, refusing to do any of the things we were elected to do and instead of continuing these attacks and partisan investigations, partisan issuance of subpoenas.
RADDATZ: And the president attacks back. Is that the right thing to do?
CHENEY: Look, I think that, you know, what we have seen. … I think what is crucially important to remember here is that you had Strzok and Page, who were in charge of launching this investigation, and they were saying things like we must stop this president.
We need an insurance policy against this president.
That, in my view, when you have people that are in the highest echelons of the law enforcement of this nation saying things like that, that sounds an awful lot like a coup. And it could well be treason.
And I think that we need to know more. We need to know what was Jim Comey’s role in all this? These people reported to him.
Andy McCabe, reported to him. What was Comey’s role in that? And that is what the attorney general is going to be focused on and should be.
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Near the end of the segment, Cheney reiterated:
Think about what happened.
Think about the fact that we had people that are at the highest levels of our law enforcement in this nation saying that they were going to stop a duly elected president of the United States, saying they needed an insurance policy against him.
That is something that simply cannot happen.
We have to have confidence in our law enforcement. And the attorney general has got to get to the bottom of what happened, how it was that those people were allowed to misuse and abuse their power that way.
For those of you who need reminding of what treason is, below is from Article III, Section 3 of the United States Constitution:
“Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.”
But despite the Page and Strzok’s behavior, it doesn’t fall under the definition of treason.
If anything, the head of the snake may well lead back to James Comey.