Cheney Releases Audio of Concession Call to Refute Primary Opponent’s Claims

After Harriet Hageman, backed by Donald Trump, claimed on Wednesday night that Rep. Liz Cheney had never fully admitted their primary race in Wyoming GOP, the defeated incumbent released her receipts.

Hageman told Fox News that on Tuesday night, Cheney left “a very short two-second message on my cell phone,” without addressing “any concession or anything else.” However, according to the audio provided to POLITICO by the Cheney campaign, Cheney called Hageman to concede the race Tuesday evening at 8:13 p.m.

Audible in the recording is an aide informing Cheney that the Associated Press had just run the race for her opponent.

“Hello, Harriet, it’s Liz Cheney calling,” Cheney hears say in the audio. “It’s about 8:13 a.m. on Tuesday the 16th, I’m calling to admit the election and congratulate you on the win. Thank you.”

The recording contradicts the story Hageman offered to host Sean Hannity on Wednesday about Cheney’s phone call on the first night.

“I had no other contact with Liz Cheney. She made that one attempt and all she said was ‘Hello Harriet’. And then it was done,” Hageman said. When Hannity tried to make it clear that she claimed that Cheney “just said ‘Hello Harriet’ and then hung up,” Hageman repeated, “That was the end of the conversation, yeah.”

A Hageman spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment on the Cheney recording.

In an interview with POLITICO on Wednesday, Cheney said she tried to call Hageman three times but ended up leaving a voicemail before taking the stage at her election night party. Cheney added that she never heard from Hageman again.

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