U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who was hand-picked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to sit on her politically motivated January 6 House select committee and then promoted to vice-chair, said Monday that former President Donald Trump waited 187 minutes to take action on the day the U.S. Capitol was breached by protesters.
The claim stated on primetime television — which comes on the heels of reports that U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and his staff “inadvertently” doctored text messages between U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows — is not supported by Jan. 6 timelines.
Cheney read out loud a series of text messages sent to Meadows during the Capitol rioting at a hearing Monday night.
“The violence was evident to all — it was covered in real-time by almost every news channel,” Cheney said. “But, for 187 minutes, President Trump refused to act when action by our president was required, indeed essential, and compelled by his oath to our Constitution.”
“Hours passed without necessary action by the president,” the Trump-hating Republican added. “These non-privileged texts are further evidence of President Trump’s supreme dereliction of duty during those 187 minutes.”
The New York Times published a detailed timeline of events that fateful day, which showed that the building was not breached until about 2:13 p.m. A Washington Post timeline put the time of entry at 2:15 p.m.
A USA Today timeline of the president’s actions that day showed that within 30 minutes of that breach, at 2:38 p.m., Trump tweeted: “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”
It’s important to understand that, at his peak, Trump had 88,964,791 followers on Twitter and that he used the social media platform as a primary source of communication to avoid biased national media.
Just over 30 minutes later, as rioters reached the Senate floor, the president again appealed for peace, tweeting: “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”
The Federalist shared screengrabs of those tweets from Trump’s now-deleted account.
An hour later, at 4:17 p.m., he released a video appealing to the mob: “I know your pain, I know you’re hurt. But you have to go home now, we have to have peace. We have to have law and order, we have to respect our great people in law and order.”
At the lawful “Stop the Steal” rally held before the Capitol riot, Trump said during his remarks, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
As noted by The Federalist’s Tristan Justice, this isn’t the first time Cheney has used dubious information to attack Trump.
“This is not the first time Cheney or the Jan. 6 Committee have gone after President Trump and Republican voters with the creation and deployment of fake news,” Justice wrote. “In the election-year summer of 2020, Cheney was a primary purveyor of the fake Russian bounties story, which alleged that Trump downplayed Kremlin aggression to accelerate the timeline for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Cheney never apologized.”
As for Schiff’s actions, a Democrat spokesman for the Jan. 6 committee admitted in a statement that the text message had been “inadvertently” altered.
Adam Schiff doctored text message used for Jan 6th Committee, spokesperson releases statement https://t.co/I08iTrjwck
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 16, 2021
“The Select Committee on Monday created and provided Representative Schiff a graphic to use during the business meeting quoting from a text message from ‘a lawmaker’ to Mr. Meadows,” the spokesman wrote. “The graphic read, ‘On January 6, 2021, Vice President Mike Pence, as President of the Senate, should call out all electoral votes that he believes are unconstitutional as no electoral votes at all.’”
“In the graphic, the period at the end of that sentence was added inadvertently,” he added. “The Select Committee is responsible for and regrets the error.”
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
It was two days prior when he requested the national guard.
— OscarHancock (@OscarHancock0) December 16, 2021
“The Tempest in a Teapot Scandal”
— Mark E Haight (@MarkEHaight1) December 16, 2021
She’s now on the dark side. God help her.
— Julia Howell (@jujuho1958) December 17, 2021
She could’ve been a contender
— AMIRA MANTOURA (@amiramantoura) December 16, 2021
187 ? Is that code?
— Denise (@westieTX) December 16, 2021
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