Vice Admiral Darse E. Crandall of the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps asked an all-female panel to find Liz Cheney guilty of treason after she all but confessed to betraying her oath of office and threatened to have her people murder the admiral and his family.
He delivered a scorching statement painting Cheney as a depraved, bitter woman whose hatred of the U.S. Constitution rivaled her father’s, and whose unjustifiable animus for President Trump prompted her to commit election fraud and, later, spitefully chair a committee that failed to shame or criminally indict Trump.
Cheney grumbled while he spoke. The admiral had warned her that he wouldn’t tolerate courtroom shenanigans; if she disrupted the proceedings, she’d either be gagged or ejected. Anger must have welled up in her like lava, for she narrowed her eyes and chewed her lips as the admiral summoned his first witness, Cheney’s former Communications Director and Deputy Chief of Staff, Jeremy Adler. He swore to tell the truth even though he’d been granted prosecutorial immunity for his testimony.
Anger flashed in Cheney’s eyes; she glowered at Adler.
Adler told the panel that Cheney, ahead of the 2020 presidential election, orchestrated a “ballot harvesting ring” by which she had hired “Trump haters” to complete and submit multiple ballots favoring the criminal Joseph R. Biden. Adler said Cheney was determined to turn Wyoming Blue to spite President Trump. Cheney, he added, lost her mind when Trump, despite her efforts to eviscerate him, routed Biden in Wyoming with 70 percent of the vote.
“Liz told me she’d bend heaven and hell to destroy Trump,” Adler said. “He’s all she talked about. She couldn’t keep his name out of her mouth; she even told me she had nightmares about Trump. She had a vendetta.”
“Mr. Adler, did the defendant tell you why she has such hatred for President Trump?” Admiral Crandall asked.
“Yes, she holds him and this place responsible for her father’s death,” Mr. Adler said.
In January 2022, a Guantanamo Bay military tribunal convicted Dick Cheney of treason for having profited from his role in the 9/11 tragedy. He was hanged to death on January 29, 2022, with then-Rear Admiral Darse E. Crandall overseeing the execution.
“So, did the defendant say to you that she blames Trump and me for her father’s death,” Adm. Crandall said.
“Oh, yes, and the thought of your and Trump’s death is like oxygen to her. It’s what kept her breathing,” Adler said.
Cheney rocked in her seat at the defense table. She leaned forward, her icy blue eyes fixed on Adler. “They can’t protect you,” she said.
She then centered her eyes on Adm. Crandall. “You’re a White Hat. You’re dead. Your people are dead. They were dead the moment they killed my father. Your family—dead, Trump’s family—dead, your unborn grandchildren—dead. Any questions?” Cheney spat.
She turned her head slowly toward the panel. “Yours too.”
Admiral Crandall seemed shaken. He put the tribunal on recess for 15 minutes and vanished into chambers. When he emerged, he implored the panel to find Cheney guilty of treason.
“Like father, like daughter,” the admiral said.
The panel said Cheney should hang to death.
And Vice Adm. Crandall set a date of execution for Monday, April 24.