Liz Cheney Says Jan. 6 Committee Could Make Criminal Remand For Trump

It is possible that the House Select Committee will investigate the January 6 Assault on the Capitol could make a criminal referral to the Justice Department for former President Donald Trump, the committee’s deputy chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, said Sunday.

Cheney made the comments on ABC’s “This Week,” as committee members say more information will be released after last week’s explosive testimony of the 26-year-old former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. The Justice Department would decide whether Trump should bear criminal liability, and the committee will eventually decide whether to make a referral, Cheney said.

“I think we might as a committee well have an opinion on that, and if you think about it from the perspective of what kind of man knows a mob is armed and sends the mob to attack the Capitol and further incites that mob when their own vice president is threatened, when Congress is threatened,” Cheney said Sunday. “It’s just – it’s very scary, and I think we’ll definitely, you know, continue to present to the American people what we’ve found.”

Pressed to answer directly whether there might be a criminal reference for the ex-president, Cheney replied “Yes.”

It’s a tone that differs from the chair of the committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson. He told reporters last month that the committee “has no authority” to refer criminal charges against Trump. At the time, Cheney and other members appeared to deviate from that conclusion and give way to the possibility of criminally dismissing the ex-president.

“The committee has not issued a finding regarding possible criminal references. We will announce a decision on this at the appropriate time,” Cheney said. posted on Twitter at the time.

On Sunday, Cheney stressed that the Justice Department need not wait for the committee to make a criminal referral.

Last week, Hutchinson testified that the former president knew his National Mall supporters had guns and wanted them admitted to his rally regardless. She testified that Trump said “something to the effect of, ‘I don’t care if they have guns. They’re not here to hurt me. Take out the effing mags. Let my people in. They can marching on the Capitol of Let people in. Take off the effing mags,” referring to the magnetometers, or metal detectors, used for security screening.

Hutchinson also said former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani had requested presidential clemency.

Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday as more information comes to light as a result of Hutchinson’s testimony.

“There’s definitely more information coming in,” Schiff said. “As to whether this will materialize in particular witnesses on this subject or on this subject, we will wait and see, but we are following additional leads. I believe these leads will lead to new testimony.”

And Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a member of the committee, on CNN’s “State of the Union,” said the committee would hear from witnesses it didn’t expect to hear during the investigation.

“Yes. Yes. There will be – there are,” he said on Sunday. “There will be a lot more information. And stay tuned.”

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