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Liz Cheney is surrounded by a security detail after death threats over her Trump criticism: NYT

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Liz Cheney, a Republican representative from Wyoming, speaking with reporters.
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
  • Liz Cheney spent $58,000 on security from January to March, according to The New York Times.

  • Cheney has been a vocal Trump critic since she voted to impeach him for his role in the insurrection.

  • She was ousted from House Republican leadership in May after months of internal party turmoil.

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Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, one of the most prominent faces of Republican resistance to former President Donald Trump, has spent tens of thousands of dollars on security this year, The New York Times reported over the weekend.

Cheney, who voted to impeach Trump for his role in the Capitol riot on January 6 and who has vehemently rebuked him for continuing to spread false claims about the 2020 presidential election, was removed as the chair of the House Republican Conference in May.

Death threats following Cheney's impeachment vote led her campaign to spend $58,000 on security, including three former Secret Service officers, from January to March, according to The Times.

Cheney's security entourage is now a "detail of plainclothes, ear-pieced agents," the report said.

She was also assigned protection by the Capitol Police while in Washington, DC, which The Times described as "an unusual measure for a House member not in a leadership position."

Cheney's events in Wyoming have not been widely publicized in advance for security reasons, The Times reported.

Despite the threats, Cheney, who was first elected to the House in 2016, has not backed down from her criticism of Trump.

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Cheney has said she saw the Capitol insurrection as an affront to the rule of law - it disrupted the certification of Joe Biden's electoral victory and sent lawmakers into secure spaces away from the mayhem unfolding at the building.

To her, Trump abdicated a commitment to a secure and peaceful transfer of power, threatening democracy with debunked theories he used to whip up supporters who felt that he had been wronged.

"None of this would have happened without the President," she said in January. "The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution."

The criticism, and Trump's targeting of Cheney in speeches, led House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California to accuse her of not focusing on the 2022 midterm elections. That set the stage for her ouster from leadership.

The Times reported that Cheney's father, Dick, the former vice president, called her on January 6 to warn her of the dangers she might face after Trump had called her out earlier that day.

The congresswoman's father asked her if she wanted to go ahead with her plan to give a floor speech in support of the certification of Biden's victory, according to The Times.

Cheney was undeterred. "Absolutely," she told her father, according to The Times. "Nothing could be more important."

Minutes later, rioters breached the Capitol; Cheney never gave that floor speech. However, she has pledged to "do everything" she can to keep Trump from reentering the Oval Office.

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