Jan. 6 panel could make multiple criminal dismissals of Trump, says Liz Cheney

The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection could make multiple criminal referrals of former President Donald Trump to the Justice Department, his deputy chair, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), said Sunday.

In an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Cheney said it’s possible the panel will make a criminal reference and “we’ll make a decision as a committee” on whether to do so.

“The Department of Justice does not have to wait for the committee to make a criminal referral,” she noted. “There could be more than one criminal reference.”

Criminal charges have never been brought against a sitting US President or a former US President. Asked what it would mean for the nation if President Joe Biden’s Justice Department brought charges against his predecessor and potential 2024 rival, Cheney said, “I’m more concerned about what it would mean if people didn’t were not held responsible for what happened here.”

“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,” she said. “I think that’s a much more serious threat.”

“I think there’s no doubt, I mean, a man as dangerous as Donald Trump can absolutely never be anywhere near the Oval Office again,” she later added.

The panel presented stark evidence demonstrating how Trump and his team may have knowingly broken several laws in their effort to nullify the 2020 election. Trump could attempt to intimidate witnesses cooperating with the investigation, which is also a crime.

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