The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection could make several criminal referrals, including of former President Donald Trump, the panel’s deputy chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, said in an interview. broadcast on Sunday.
“We’ll make a decision as a committee on that,” the Wyoming Republican told ABC News when asked about the possibility of firing Trump for prosecution and saying “yes” when asked. whether a Trump dismissal was possible.
“The Justice Department doesn’t have to wait for the committee to make a criminal referral, and there could be more than one criminal referral,” Cheney said.
The panel investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol was split on the issue of criminal remands, even though members largely agree Trump committed a crime when he pushed conspiracies on the 2020 election. Cheney said the committee is likely to take a stand on whether Trump should be prosecuted.
“We may well, as a committee, have an opinion on this,” she said. “If you just think about it from the perspective of: what kind of man knows that a mob is armed and sends the mob to attack the Capitol and further incites that mob when his own vice president is threatened?”
“It’s very scary, and I think we will definitely continue to present to the American people what we found,” she continued.
Cheney’s remarks come days after explosive testimony by former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who recalled being told Trump was upset when told by his Secret Service detail that he would not could not accompany the protesters to the Capitol on January 6.
Since then, Hutchinson’s sworn testimony has been questioned by some Trump allies, not to speak under oath.
But two Secret Service sources told CNN stories have been circulating about the incident — including details similar to how Hutchinson described it to the Jan. 6 committee. The Secret Service said officers involved in the described incident, some of whom have already been interviewed by the panel, will be made available to testify again under oath.
“The committee is not going to sit idly by and watch his character be murdered by anonymous sources and men claiming executive privilege,” Cheney said. “We look forward to additional testimony under oath on a range of issues.”
Cheney said the committee had evidence supporting Trump’s fury at being told he couldn’t go to the Capitol on Jan. 6.
“The committee has significant evidence on a range of issues, including the president’s intense anger,” she said. “You will continue to see in the days and weeks to come additional details about the President’s activities and behavior that day.”
Cheney, who has faced significant backlash from fellow Republicans for his whistleblowing of Trump and his role leading the investigation into the Jan. 6 riot, insisted the proceedings were not aimed at not to politically disqualify Trump from running for president again.
Instead, she said they were meant to make sure the American people had an account of what happened that day, even though she acknowledged there wasn’t a “one thing” she learned that made her less concerned about Trump returning to the White House.
“A man as dangerous as Donald Trump can absolutely never be anywhere near the Oval Office again,” she said.
CNN previously reported that Trump was anxiously considering when, exactly, he should announce a presidential election in 2024 – a decision that has become even more pressing as he tries to regain control of his image following the series of damaging revelations. of the January 6 committee.
Cheney, who faces a rocky climb in his re-election bid in Wyoming, said the Republican Party won’t survive if Trump is selected as the GOP presidential nominee in 2024.
Although she declined to rule out her own candidacy for the presidency, she said her focus currently lay elsewhere.
“I haven’t made a decision on that yet, and I’m obviously very focused on getting re-elected, I’m very focused on the January 6 committee, I’m very focused on my obligations to do the job that I have. now,” she said. “And I’ll make a decision about 24 down the road.”