August 16, 2022

Liz Cheney: ‘More than one’ criminal referral possible from Jan. 6 probe

It has long been clear that the ultimate goal of the House Select Committee probing the Jan. 6, 2021 unrest at the U.S. Capitol is to eliminate former President Donald Trump from the political landscape once and for all, and now panel member Liz Cheney (R-WY) is suggesting that she and her colleagues may bring forth “more than one” criminal referral at the conclusion of their process, as Breitbart reports.

Cheney’s comments came during an interview on ABC News’ This Week, after she was asked by the network’s Jon Karl whether the committee’s investigation thus far has “demonstrated that Donald Trump needs to be prosecuted.”

Though the Wyoming congresswoman admitted that in the end, it is the Department of Justice that will decide if any criminal charges will flow from the panel’s work, she also declared, “I think we may well, as a committee, have a view on that.”

Cheney continued, “[a]nd if you just think about it from the perspective of what kind of man knows that the mob is armed and sends the mob to attack the Capitol and further incites that mob when his own vice president is under threat, when the Congress is under threat? It’s very chilling.”

Karl pressed for an answer to the question of whether the House committee does plan to make criminal referrals as a result of its findings, and Cheney replied that the panel would arrive at a decision as to that issue, but that it is indeed possible that “there could be more than one [referral].”

Pointing out the obvious dilemmas any criminal charges against Trump could pose in the relatively near future, Karl asked Cheney, “Are you worried about what that means for the country, to see a former president prosecuted, a likely candidate who may in fact be running for president against Biden, it would be Biden’s Justice Department that would be prosecuting?”

Unrelenting in her assessment of what occurred that fateful day in D.C., Cheney answered, “I have greater concern about what it would mean if people weren’t held accountable for what’s happened here.”

Cheney’s apparent confidence in the likelihood that the Jan. 6 panel – and possibly also the Justice Department on its own accord – will conclude that prosecution of Trump or others is in order, stands in contrast to comments made recently by committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), who stated that the group had no plans to make any criminal referrals at all, according to The Hill.

“That’s not our job. Our job is to look at Jan. 6. What caused it and make recommendations after that… . We don’t have the authority,” Thompson said, but it remains to be seen whether Cheney’s visceral hatred for Trump will win the day, and the made-for-tv tribunal over which she presides ultimately presses for his prosecution.

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