As Yellowstone Shuts Down, Liz Cheney Is In DC Trying To Indict Trump

After heavy rains triggered flooding and landslides in Yellowstone National Park this week, federal authorities closed Wyoming’s biggest tourist destination while the state legislator-general remains obsessed with an effort to indict former President Donald Trump.

On Monday, the National Park Service announced a complete evacuation of the park, which is larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined, and closed its five entrances to visitors.

“Due to record flooding in the park and more predicted rainfall, we have made the decision to close Yellowstone to all incoming visits,” Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly said in a news release, now the park closed at least until Wednesday. “We won’t know when the park will reopen until the floodwaters subside and we are able to assess the damage throughout the park.”

As Wyoming’s biggest attraction closed, the state’s only congresswoman, Liz Cheney, was in Washington DC to lead the second episode of her beloved Jan. 6 committee’s Soviet-style show trial to prosecute Trump. and his supporters. So far, only one Tweeter Tuesday afternoon was the extent of Cheney’s public response to the flooding that shut down his state’s premier recreation space, which drew 4.9 million visits last year and added more than $444 million to local communities in 2020.

The flooding is “probably the worst thing to happen in terms of disaster since the 1988 fires,” said Jeff Olson, a resident of Cheney’s adopted hometown, in an interview with Jackson Hole News & Guide. . “Closing the five entrances because of an event during the summer season? It’s crazy.”

In 1988, fires raged through the park all summer, burning about 800,000 acres, or more than a third of the park, according to the National Park Service.

The last two press releases from Cheney’s office, however, are each transcripts of his remarks at Monday’s Jan. 6 hearing. Despite half of her state being under federal jurisdiction, the Wyoming legislator is also no longer on the House Natural Resources Committee, having instead embraced her vendetta against Trump and his supporters as a hallmark of its time in the bottom. bedroom.

Cheney has come under mounting criticism over her absence from the state as she uses her remaining time in Congress to spar with Trump. The representative from Wyoming is vice-chairman of the Democrats’ Jan. 6 Armed Committee, where her nomination by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi followed a ban on members nominated by the House Minority Leader. In April, a Federalist analysis of campaign finance data in his run against Trump-endorsed attorney Harriet Hageman found that Cheney was relying on Beltway donors to fund a fourth term. Only 2% of the incumbent congresswoman’s total contributions, with $10 million to spend this cycle, have come from Wyoming voters.

On a rare visit to the state in February, Cheney snubbed voters to mingle with reporters instead.

Tristan Justice is the Western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan is a graduate of George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at

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