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No proof political motivation behind FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago, Cheney says

Liz Cheney attends a U.S. House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in Washington, D.C., america, on July 27, 2021.

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Representative Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., told ABC News that there is no political motivation in undertaking an FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s resort home in Palm Beach, Florida.

“I’ve seen no evidence that there is any political motivation,” Cheney told ABC News when asked concerning the Mar-a-Lago raid completed by FBI agents.

“I was ashamed to listen to Republicans immediately and reflexively attack the FBI agents who executed the search warrant. I was disgusted when I learned that President Trump had released the names of the agents when he released the unredacted search warrant, and which has now caused violence,” Cheney said in the interview, which aired on Sunday.

“It is a really dangerous moment,” she added.

On the heels of her congressional primary loss, Cheney also said that she’ll use bipartisan political leaders to make sure that Trump never holds the country’s highest office again.

“I believe, I think we need to be sure that he could be not our nominee,” Cheney told ABC News.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Hilton Anatole on August 06, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. CPAC began in 1974, and is really a conference that includes and hosts conservative organizations, activists, and world leaders in discussing current events and future political agendas.

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Cheney warned that Trump’s characterizations of U.S. elections as rigged is dangerous and disrupts the “fundamental function and principle at the biggest market of our constitutional republic.”

“There’s simply just no chance that the country and in my own view, excuse that and put him ready of power again,” Cheney said, referencing Trump’s 2020 presidential election loss and the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

When asked concerning the Jan. 6 committee, which she serves as vice chair, Cheney declined to state whether Trump will be called to testify.

“I don’t desire to make any announcements about this this morning. I believe it is rather important. WHEN I said in the initial hearing and the next hearing. His interactions with this committee will undoubtedly be under oath,” she said.

Cheney noted that the committee has been around discussions with former Vice President Mike Pence’s lawyer.

“Once the country has experienced something as grave as this, everyone who has information comes with an obligation to step of progress. THEREFORE I would hope he can do that,” Cheney said.

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