WASHINGTON — Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., vice chair of the Jan. 6 committee, said Sunday there may be multiple criminal referrals against former President Donald Trump as part of the attack on the Capitol on January 6.
She told ABC News’ This Week that while the Jan. 6 committee will decide whether Trump should face charges, the Justice Department could make a criminal referral without waiting for the committee, adding that it “could be more than one criminal dismissal.”
Cheney said she’s more worried about not holding people accountable than what it means for a country that a former president is being prosecuted.
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“I think it’s a much bigger constitutional threat if a president can engage in this kind of activity and, you know, the majority of the president’s party looks the other way or we as a country decide, you know, we’re not really going to take our constitutional obligations seriously. I think that’s a much – much more serious threat,” she said.
Cheney’s comments come days after former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson gave shocking testimony at Tuesday’s hearing. Hutchinson said Trump knew that some members of the crowd at his “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6, 2021, were armed, and he directed that armed crowd towards the US Capitol.
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Hutchinson invited more witnesses
Cheney applauded Hutchinson for coming forward and testifying.
“What Cassidy Hutchinson did was an incredible example of bravery, courage and patriotism in the face of real pressure,” she said.
Asked about critics saying Hutchinson wasn’t telling the truth, Cheney said “the committee isn’t going to sit idly by and watch his character be murdered by anonymous sources and by men who claim executive privilege.” .
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., another Jan. 6 committee member, told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that more witnesses have come forward as a result of Hutchinson’s testimony.
Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California, also a committee member, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that she “expects Trump to try to discredit” Hutchinson during his testimony. .
“She has nothing to gain from coming forward and telling the truth. And Trump’s world has everything to lose because of the truth,” Lofgren said.
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When is the next hearing on January 6?
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the next hearing will focus “on efforts to get that crowd together on the mall, who was attending, who was funding it, how it was organized. , including the participation of such white nationalist groups as the Proud Boys, the Three Percenters and others.”
The next committee hearing has not been announced.
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