Rep. Liz Cheney said Monday that a fellow House member called former President Donald Trump “the orange Jesus” on Jan. 6, 2021, as Republicans gathered objections to 2020 election results.
Cheney also criticized Republicans who have been defending Trump after the FBI seized classified documents from his Mar-a-Lago home.
Cheney, R-Wyo., speaking at American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, recounted that on Jan. 6, before the attack on the Capitol, she was preparing remarks in the Republican cloakroom, where there were papers all around her.
She said she asked a staffer what those papers were for, since there were so many members coming in and signing them.
The staffer told her they were objection sheets for members of the House to sign if they objected election results. Cheney said one member came in and said, “the things we do for orange Jesus.”
“Those who are protecting Donald Trump elected leaders of my party are now willing to condemn FBI agents, Department of Justice officials and pretend that taking top secret SCI documents and keeping them in a desk drawer, in an office in Mar-a-Lago or in an unsecured location anywhere was somehow not a problem,” Cheney said.
Some Republicans condemned the FBI in August for the search of Trump’s Florida home.
McCarthy warned Attorney General Merrick Garland to be ready for an investigation of the actions of the Justice Department, following the Mar-a-Lago search.
Court documents released since the FBI’s Aug. 8 search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida showed that Trump kept classified documents marked “secret” and “top secret.”
The FBI seized documents as part of an ongoing investigation that may involve criminal laws forbidding improper removal of sensitive documents and obstruction of justice.
Trump returned 15 boxes of documents to the National Archives in January, and the Archives reported it in February.
Cheney, who is vice chair of the House committee investigating the attack on the Capitol, has vowed to keep fighting anyone who does not believe in the 2020 election presidential results.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Liz Cheney: GOP House member referred to Trump as ‘the orange Jesus’ on Jan. 6