Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney said that the January 6 attack on the US Capitol was not a “false flag operation” orchestrated by American intelligence agencies in order to get rid of former President Donald Trump.
In an interview with “Fox News Sunday”, Cheney, the daughter of former US Vice President Dick Cheney, likened the people who claim that it was indeed a “false flag operation” to those who say the September 11 terrorist attacks were an “inside job.”
9/11 was a series of strikes that killed nearly 3,000 people and caused about $10 billion worth of property and infrastructure damage in the United States.
US officials assert that the attacks were carried out by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists but many experts and independent researchers have raised questions about the official account.
They believe that rogue elements within the US government, such as then-Vice President Dick Cheney, orchestrated or at least encouraged the 9/11 attacks in order to expand funding for the US war machine and intelligence services and to advance the US geopolitical position in the Middle East.
Cheney was asked by Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday if there is any truth to arguments that the January 6 attack by protesters was a “false flag operation” from the “US deep state,” Cheney said “none at all,” before comparing the claims to ones made in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.
“It's the same kind of thing that you hear from people who say that 9/11 was an inside job, for example. It's un-American to be spreading those kinds of lies, and they are lies,” the Wyoming congresswoman said.
Cheney, a fierce Trump opponent, is one of two Republican lawmakers serving on the House select committee tasked with investigating the January 6 attack.
Trump had previously blamed former US President George W. Bush (and Dick Cheney) for the collapse of the World Trade Center and the death of 3,000 Americans in New York on September 11, 2001.
Cheney said the select committee has an obligation that “goes beyond partisanship,” which is to examine the events of January 6.
“An obligation that we share, Democrats and Republicans together, to make sure that we understand every single piece of the facts about what happened that day, and to make sure that people who did it are held accountable,” Cheney said.
“And to call it a false flag operation, to spread those kinds of lies, is really dangerous,” she added.
Trump and his supporters believe that the 2020 US presidential election was rigged by the Washington establishment in favor of Joe Biden. Trump has called that the 2020 election was “the greatest Election Hoax in history.”
On Jan.6, 2021, Trump supporters occupied the US Capitol while lawmakers were in the process of reviewing the certification of state electors which indicated Biden's victory. Some Trump supporters had hoped that this process could have resulted in some of the electors being disqualified, thus overturning the outcome of the presidential election.
It is claimed by some that the demonstrators were infiltrated and incited by provocateurs from US intelligence agencies.
Some among the crowd clashed with police, and some made threats to beat up a number of Democratic lawmakers. Some also inflicted damage on parts of the Capitol building.