WASHINGTON – Representative Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., vice chairman of the committee January 6, said Sunday that there could be multiple criminal referrals against former President Donald Trump in connection with the case. Attack on the Capitol on January 6.
She told ABC News ‘”This Week” that while the committee on January 6 will decide whether Trump should face charges, the Justice Department can make a criminal referral without pending commission, adding that “there may be more than one criminal referral.”
Cheney said she’s more worried about not holding people accountable than about what it means for a country when a former president is indicted.
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“I think it’s a much bigger constitutional threat if a president can engage in these kinds of activities and, you know, the majority of the president’s party looks the other way or us as a general. the way as a nation decides, you know, we’re really not going to take our constitutional obligations seriously. I think that’s a much more serious threat,” she said.
Cheney’s comments come days after former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson gave shocking testimony during Tuesday’s hearing. Hutchinson said Trump knew some of the people in the crowd at his “Stop Theft” rally on January 6, 2021, were armed and he directed that armed crowd to the Palace. United States Capitol.
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Hutchinson mentioned more witnesses
Cheney applauded Hutchinson for coming forward and testifying.
“What Cassidy Hutchinson did is an incredible example of courage and patriotism in the face of real pressure,” she said.
When asked about critics saying Hutchinson wasn’t telling the truth, Cheney said that “the committee will not stand by and watch her character be assassinated by anonymous sources and by men who are demanding special privileges.” executive authority.”
Representative Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., another member of the committee January 6, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that multiple witnesses were brought forward following Hutchinson’s testimony.
Democratic Representative Zoe Lofgren, of California who is also a member of the committee, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday program that she “expects Trump to try to discredit” Hutchinson as she He gave his testimony.
“She has nothing to gain by stepping forward and telling the truth. And the Trump world has everything to lose by the truth,” Lofgren said.
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When is the next hearing on January 6?
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that the next hearing will focus on “efforts to rally that crowd to the Mall who were already in attendance. countries, who funded it, how it was organized, including participation by these white nationalist groups like the Proud Boys, the Three Percenters and others.”
The committee’s next hearing has yet to be announced.
Contributions: Joey Garrison, Candy Woodall