Rep. Liz Cheney urges DOJ to act against Trump for ‘most serious’ crimes

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) wants the Justice Department to prosecute former President Donald Trump if it finds evidence related to his involvement in the Jan. 6 attack.

Cheney, vice chairman of the Jan. 6 House Select Committee, wondered if a potential lawsuit could add to Trump’s political clout with his supporters.

“The question for us is: Are we a nation of laws? Are we a country where no one is above the law? And what do the facts and evidence show? Cheney told CNN’s Kasie Hunt on Thursday. “And certainly, I have been very clear, I think he is guilty of the most serious dereliction of duty of any president in the history of our nation.”

Cheney also referenced a California Federal District judge who said Trump, along with his former attorney John Eastman, most likely committed crimes related to efforts to nullify the 2020 election. She said the committee of Jan. 6 would advise on criminal referrals to the Justice Department, but added that any prosecution ultimately rests with the DOJ.

“Understanding what it means if the facts and evidence are there, and they decide not to prosecute: how can we then call ourselves a nation of laws?” I think it’s a very serious balancing act,” Cheney said.

Watch a clip from the interview below:

Trump’s attorneys have reportedly been in contact with the DOJ and have been advised that indictments are “possible,” sources told CNN.

Cheney, who is running for re-election against a Trump-backed opponent, gave the interview to CNN the same day his father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, called Trump a “coward” in an ad for his re-election campaign.


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