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Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he is ‘deeply disappointed’ in GOP leadership

While a majority of Republicans did not attend the January 6 anniversary events on Capitol Hill, former Vice President Dick Cheney was there.

When interviewed and questioned why he went, he noted that the importance of the day could not be emphasized enough.

ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl questioned Cheney right off the House floor. After Karl asked him why he was in attendance that day, Cheney responded, “It’s an important historical event,” referring to the anniversary of the riot. “You can’t overestimate how important it is.”

He added, “I’m deeply disappointed we don’t have better leadership in the Republican Party to restore the Constitution.” Cheney did note, though, that his daughter, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, is an exception.

The younger Cheney is currently serving as the vice chair of the House select committee tasked with investigating the riot at the Capitol just over one year ago. Her participation in the committee has prompted plenty of criticism from her fellow Republicans.

Cheney took her father to the House floor to observe a moment of silence as he has lifetime floor privileges as a congressman who once held the seat she now occupies. Democratic members, including some with whom he had conflicts during his time as vice president, one by one approached him to shake his hand and pay their respects. 

Other than the Cheneys and her staffers, no other Republicans could be seen in the Capitol for the events commemorating the anniversary.

As Cheney left the House chamber with his daughter, ABC News asked him for parting thoughts to which he replied, “Very proud of Liz.” He added, “It’s great coming back. Liz is doing a hell of a job. I’m here to support her.”

After being asked for his reaction to the handling of the day by Republican leadership, Cheney responded, “Well, it’s not a leadership that resembles any of the folks that I knew when I was here for 10 years – dramatically.”

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK POST

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