Former President Donald Trump “accidentally” included then-Rep. Liz Cheney on a White House conference call with Trump surrogates to plot to overturn the 2020 election, according to Cheney’s upcoming book via Mediaite.
Cheney has been dropping bombs and nuggets via CNN’s exclusive first look at her forthcoming book Oath and Honor, with colorful details about the events surrounding the January 6 attack on the Capitol that Trump incited.
The details contained in the piece by CNN correspondents Jamie Gangel, Jeremy Herb, and Elizabeth Stuart have made waves with on-air segments about Trump’s “Orange Jesus” nickname, Kevin McCarthy’s trip to Mar-a-Lago to comfort a supposedly fasting Trump, and more.
But one of the most intriguing revelations in the article barely earned a mention so far.
Gangel’s team exclusively obtained an advance copy of the book ahead of a Dec. 5 release, and among the revelations is significant information on a pair of phone calls to which Cheney was a firsthand witness.
The first mention is of a conference call with House Republicans in which Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) made a damning declaration:
During a GOP conference call, Cheney writes that House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan was “dismissive” of the legal process for challenging the election results and “didn’t seem to think the rules mattered.”
The only thing that matters is winning,” Jordan said, according to Cheney.
Another call Cheney describes seems to have more potential:
“One of the most compelling parts of the book is Cheney’s account of the weeks leading up to the January 6 attack and growing fears that Trump was inciting his followers to violence.
Cheney discloses for the first time that on Jan. 4, she was accidentally included on a White House surrogate call. She was alarmed as she listened in as Trump’s allies detailed specific plans to try to overturn the election by getting then-Vice President Mike Pence to obstruct or delay the counting of electoral votes.”
It’s not clear what documentation Cheney has for the call, or whether the book itself contains more quotes from the call, but even that tease is major.