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Liz Cheney, the ever-controversial daughter of equally controversial Vice President Dick Cheney, is taking heat from Republicans and conservatives for her group’s attacks on Justice Department lawyers who once represented defendants accused of terrorism.
A group of right-wing lawyers and foreign policy professionals — including former special prosecutor Ken Starr — say Cheney’s “Keep America Safe” attacks, which include calling the lawyers the “Al Qaeda Seven, is over the top.
“We consider these attacks both unjust to the individuals in question and destructive of any attempt to build lasting mechanisms for counterterrorism adjudications,” said a letter from 19 lawyers, including Starr and top officials of the Justice Department under former President George W. Bush.
Cheney and other Republicans have questioned the patriotism of lawyers who represent terrorists, a harsh level of criticism that has created a strong backlash from the legal establishment.
Cheney’s partner in “Keep America Safe” is conservative pundit and Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol.