‘Morning Joe’ Panelist Jonathon Lemire Says Trump Will Flout Subpoena Because He’s ‘Scared’ Of Liz Cheney


Nicole Silverio Media Reporter
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“Morning Joe” panelist Jonathon Lemire insisted Friday that former President Donald Trump will not appear before the Jan. 6 Select Committee because he is “scared” of Republican Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney.

Cheney, a member of the committee, voted Thursday to subpoena Trump with chairman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi arguing Trump was the one most responsible for the Capitol riot. Committee members highlighted text messages by members of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers who allegedly prepared for an attack on the Capitol.

MSNBC host Jonathon Lemire said Trump is highly unlikely to testify before the committee, given all of the alleged potential charges that could be brought against him.

“There’s never been perhaps more peril than this former president is under right now,” Lemire said during the panel. “We should note, word from Mar-a-Lago last night, that he might respond to the subpoena. He might be inclined to potentially show up if they could do it live. Let’s be clear, no one thinks he’s going to do that. No one thinks he’s gonna do that. He offered to talk to Robert Mueller initially, that went away. He always does this. He’s not going to appear under oath, it’s just not going to happen.”

“Are you saying he’s too scared?” host Joe Scarborough asked. “Is he too scared of Liz Cheney? Are you saying that he’s a coward? He’s afraid of Liz Cheney, is that what you’re saying?”

“He’s afraid of Liz Cheney, he’s afraid of the process,” Lemire said. (RELATED: Trump Dances On Liz Cheney’s Political Grave, But She Vows To Come Back)

The former president told aides he will appear to testify before the committee, under the condition it is televised live, The New York Times reported. It is unknown whether the Jan. 6 committee would be willing to accept Trump’s ultimatum.

After turning against Trump, Cheney lost her primary race by significant margins against her Trump-endorsed opponent, Harriet Hageman, in August.