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Dick Cheney arrives at Capitol on January 6, says he is ‘deeply disappointed’ at GOP leadership

He spoke to Jonathan Carl, the Washington correspondent for ABC News.

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

ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Carl spoke with former Vice President Dick Cheney on the floor of the House.

Asked why he came to the Capitol on this day, Cheney said, “This is an important historical event,” referring to the anniversary of the rebellion. “You can’t underestimate how important this is.”

“I am deeply disappointed that we do not have a better leadership in the Republican Party to restore the Constitution,” he said.

He said his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Vy., is an exception. She is the deputy chairman of the House Select Committee investigating the attack on the Capitol, and has come under heavy fire from fellow Republicans.

Cheney then went to the floor of the House with her daughter—she has lifetime floor privileges as a congressman, who holds the seat she now occupies—to observe a moment of silence.

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One by one, Democratic members, including some liberals who had criticized him and his politics while he was vice president – approached him to shake hands and pay respect to him.

Other than Cheneys and his employees, no other Republicans were in sight.

As Cheney departed the House chamber, walking in with her daughter, she told ABC News, “So proud of Liz,” when asked for some parting thoughts.

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

When asked about his reaction to the Republican leadership’s handling of the day, Cheney – not to mince words – said, “Well, this is not a leadership that resembles those who I knew when I was here for 10 years – dramatically.”

Rep. Liz Cheney said it was “very worrying”, “I think a party that is thrilled to have a cult personality is a party that is dangerous to the country, and I think we should clearly We have to get to the place where we are, we are focusing on the essence and the issues.”

The former vice president then took a long walk from the Capitol to the Senate chamber, pausing momentarily to pick up a white stone statue of himself outside the office of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, which is not far from the Capitol, and instead , at a funeral of the late GOP senator in Atlanta.

ABC News’ Trish Turner, Benjamin Siegel and Maryam Khan contributed to this report.

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