Liz Cheney says Jan. 6 committee could make criminal referral against Trump

The Jan. 6 House select committee testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson may have been immediately proven to be false by other witnesses, but it has apparently encouraged others to testify and emboldened committee member Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) to say it could send a criminal referral to the DOJ for former President Donald Trump.

Fellow committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said Hutchinson’s testimony was “inspiring for a lot of people.”

Every day, we get new people that come forward and say, hey, I didn’t think maybe this piece of the story that I knew was important, but now that you guys are talking … I do see this plays in here,” Kinzinger said Sunday.

He told Dana Bash that there would be more witnesses and “way more information.”

Grave constitutional threat

Hutchinson testified that Trump assaulted a Secret Service agent and tried to grab the steering wheel of the vehicle he was riding in on January 6 because he wanted to go to the Capitol and the agents refused to take him there.

Right after her testimony, which she and her lawyers admit was secondhand based on what she was told about Trump, two agents came forward and denied that Trump tried to grab the steering wheel and assaulted an agent.

The collapse of Hutchinson’s testimony did not dissuade Cheney from saying there could be a criminal referral of Trump, however.

“I think it’s a much graver constitutional threat if a president can engage in these kinds of activities and, you know, the majority of the president’s party looks away or we as a country decide, you know, we’re not actually going to take our constitutional obligations seriously. I think that’s a much more serious threat,” she said.

Additional testimony

Cheney tried to defend Hutchinson’s testimony and said the additional testimony would provide further information.

“The committee is not going to stand by and watch her character be assassinated by anonymous sources and by men who are claiming executive privilege. And so we look forward very much to additional testimony under oath on a whole range of issues,” Cheney said.

When asked whether the additional testimony would corroborate Hutchinson’s, however, she didn’t exactly answer the question.

She only said the committee “has significant evidence about a whole range of issues including the president’s intense anger.”​

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