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Trump foes to raise money for Cheney's re-election bid

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US Representative Liz Cheney

A number of leading Republican opponents of former US President Donald Trump have decided to help Representative Liz Cheney to raise money as she is preparing for a tough primary battle for Wyoming's only congressional district in August.

US Senator Mitt Romney, former congresswoman Barbara Comstock, former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, and former Vice President Dick Cheney are among the prominent figures who are supposed to attend a fundraiser which is going to be held at the home of Bobbie Kilberg, a well-known Virginia Republican, on March 14.

The event comes as Harriet Hageman, Cheney's rival, is enjoying the endorsement of Trump in the race, which is widely seen as a proxy for the former president's grip over the Republican Party.

Cheney, a fierce Trump opponent, is one of two Republican lawmakers serving on the House select committee tasked with investigating the January 6 incidents.

The Wyoming congresswoman is also one of the few Republicans who maintains that Trump himself was  personally involved in planning, execution of Jan. 6 protest.

On January 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. 

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