A source familiar with her comments said Rep. Liz Cheney told members this morning at the top of the meeting:
"I am going to take a moment of personal privilege and then we will have the prayer and pledge.
I have tremendous affection and admiration for many of you in this room. I know we all came to Washington to do important work for the nation. History has chosen every single one of us. And history has put us here together at this moment of challenge for our country.
Our nation needs this Republican Party as a strong party based on truth so we can shape the future.
To do that, we must be true to our principles and to the constitution. We cannot let the former president drag us backward and make us complicit in his efforts to unravel our democracy. Down that path lies our destruction, and potentially the destruction of our country.
If you want leaders who will enable and spread his destructive lies, I’m not your person, you have plenty of others to choose from. That will be their legacy.
But I promise you this, after today, I will be leading the fight to restore our party and our nation to conservative principles, to defeating socialism, to defending our republic, to making the GOP worthy again of being the party of Lincoln.
Let us pray,
'Dear God, Fill us with a love of freedom and a reverence for all your gifts. Help us to understand the gravity of this moment. Help us to remember that democratic systems can fray and suddenly unravel. When they do, they are gone forever.
Help us to speak the truth and remember the words of John 8:32 – Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.
May our world see the power of faith. May our nation know the strength of selfless service. And may our enemies continue to taste the inescapable force of freedom.
In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.'"