Dick Cheney comes to Capitol on Jan. 6, says he’s ‘deeply disappointed’ in GOP leadership

He spoke with ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl.

While most Republicans were absent on Capitol Hill for the January 6 anniversary on Thursday, one of the party’s most prominent senior statesmen was there.

ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl spoke to former Vice President Dick Cheney right off the House floor.

When asked why he came to the Capitol this day, Cheney said, “It is an important historical event,” referring to the anniversary of the insurrection. “It cannot be overestimated how important it is.”

He added: “I am deeply disappointed that we do not have better leadership in the Republican Party to restore the Constitution.”

He noted that his daughter, Representative Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, is an exception. She is the vice chair of the House Select Committee investigating the attack on the Capitol and has come under heavy criticism from her fellow Republicans.

Then Cheney went to the House floor with his daughter (he has lifetime floor privileges as a congressman who took the seat she now occupies) for a moment of silence.

One by one, members of the Democrats, including some liberals who criticized him and his policies when he was vice president, approached him to shake his hand and pay their respects.

Besides the Cheneys and their staff, there were no other Republicans in sight.

When Cheney left the chamber of the House, walking alongside his daughter, he told ABC News, “Very proud of Liz,” when asked for some parting thoughts.

“It’s great to be back,” he told a swarm of reporters. “Liz is doing a great job. I’m here to support her.”

When asked about his reaction to the handling of Republican leaders to this day, Cheney, who doesn’t beat around the bush, said, “Well, it’s not a leadership that looks like any of the people I met when I was here for 10 years”. dramatically.”

Representative Liz Cheney said it was “very disturbing” and added: “I think a party that is enslaved to a cult personality is a party that is dangerous for the country, and I think clearly we have to get to a place where we are.” . we’re focused on the bottom line and the issues. “

The former vice president then took the long walk across the Capitol to the Senate chamber, pausing momentarily to gaze at a white stone bust of himself outside the office of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who is far from the Capitol, and in Instead, at a funeral for a late Republican senator in Atlanta.

Trish Turner, Benjamin Siegel, and Mariam Khan of ABC News contributed to this report.

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