Cheney Releases Concession Audio to Rebut First Opponent’s Claims

The defeated incumbent released receipts Wednesday night after Donald Trump-backed Harriet Hedgeman claimed that Rep. Liz Cheney never fully conceded the Wyoming Republican primary.

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

Hearing in the recording is an aide informing Cheney that the Associated Press has just called a race for her opponent.

“Hi Harriet, Liz Cheney is calling,” Cheney can be heard vocalizing. “Tuesday the 16th she’s calling around 8:13 I’m acknowledging the election and congratulating her on winning. Thank you.”

The recording contradicts Hageman’s account of Cheney’s phone call on the night of the primary, which Hageman provided to host Sean Hannity on Wednesday.

“I haven’t had any other contact with Liz Cheney. She just said, ‘Hello Harriet,’ in one effort.” Hageman repeated: “

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

In an interview with POLITICO on Wednesday, Cheney said he tried to call Hageman three times but eventually left a voicemail before taking the stage at an election night party. He added that he had not been contacted.