Liz Cheney hints at criminal charges for Trump over Jan. 6: House panel will ‘follow the facts’

As a member of the Democrat-led House select committee tasked with investigating the riot on Capitol Hill last January, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney (R) has become one of former President Donald Trump’s harshest critics within the GOP.

During a recent interview with CBS News’ Face the Nation, Cheney said Trump “can never be anywhere near the Oval Office again” after Jan. 6, 2021, and hinted that criminal charges could be on the way to ensure it.

“He’s demonstrated a complete lack of fitness for office,” the Republican congresswoman told Margaret Brennan on Sunday morning, according to CBS.

“I think one of the really important things that our committee has to do is lay these facts out for the American people so that they really have a sense of the truth of what happened that day,” Cheney added.

“Firsthand testimony”

According to a transcript, Brennan noted Sunday that Cheney has hinted “in the past the possibility of criminal culpability for the president.” The host asked, “Is that the consensus view of the committee?”

In response, Cheney said that “the committee is obviously going to follow the facts wherever they lead,” and insisted the panel has “made tremendous progress.”

“The committee has firsthand testimony that President Trump was sitting in the dining room next to the Oval Office, watching on television as the Capitol was assaulted as the violence occurred,” she alleged. “We know that that is clearly a supreme dereliction of duty.”

Cheney explained: “One of the things that the committee is looking at from the perspective of our legislative purpose is whether we need enhanced penalties for that kind of dereliction of duty. But we’ve certainly never seen anything like that as a nation before.”

She went on:

[Trump] could have simply walked a few feet to the White House briefing room, he could have gone immediately on live television and asked his supporters to stop what was happening, ask them to go home. He failed to do that. […] This is a man who has demonstrated that he is at war with the rule of law.

Law and order

Debunking Cheney’s allegations, Tristan Justice of The Federalist claimed in a piece last month that Trump didn’t just sit idly as the violence played out last winter.

Justice cited detailed timelines released by The New York Times and The Washington Post that showed Trump was on Twitter calling for calm less than 25 minutes after the Capitol was breached. This was followed by a second tweet 30 minutes later, Justice said.

“I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence!” Trump reportedly wrote at the time. “Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order — respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”

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