It’s Possible January 6th Committee Refers to a Criminal Case Against Trump, Says Liz Cheney

Committee Vice President Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) listens to the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows during the administration of former US President Donald Trump, as she testifies during a public hearing give. The US House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol on June 28, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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It is still possible that the January 6 committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol makes a criminal referral against former President Donald Trump to the Justice Department, Representative Liz Cheney said.

“This is a decision that we will make together as a committee,” the Wyoming Republican said in an interview with ABC News’ “This Week” that aired Sunday.

committee members looked divided on whether it will see potential A case against Trump, who some believe is responsible for the 2021 attack. Representative Benny Thompson, D-MS, who chairs the committee, said last month that if the DOJ investigates the hearing and decides to review it further, but making criminal referrals is “not our job.”

Others on the committee, including Cheney, quickly hit back, saying the committee had not yet voted on whether it would recommend criminal referrals to the department.

“There is no doubt that he was involved in major crimes and misdemeanors,” Cheney told ABC News. “I think there is no doubt that this is the most serious betrayal of the oath of office by any president in the history of the nation. This is the most dangerous behavior of any president in the history of the nation.”

Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

are republicans allegedly preparing For Trump to announce re-election in 2024 early this summer as damaging revelations from the January 6 hearings continue. But if it does, the GOP may not function as it has been, Cheney said.

“I think he can’t be the party’s candidate. And I don’t think the party will survive that,” Cheney told ABC News. “I believe in the party, and I believe in what the party can be and what the party can stand for. And I am not ready to leave it.”

“Those of us who believe in Republican principles and ideals have a responsibility to try to take the party back, and to reject, and to reject, so much venom and vitriol,” she said. Told.

CNBC reported last week Support for some of the GOP’s biggest donors for the Trump campaign is dwindling. According to interviews with top fundraisers, the Republican financier and his advisers are meeting in private as the committee begins to release the preliminary findings of its investigation.

A lack of interest in endorsing the former president could fuel fundraising efforts for other Republican candidates.

Cheney acknowledged the possibility of launching his own presidential bid, but told ABC News that he “has not made a decision about that yet.” If he launches a bid, Cheney will join the 2024 GOP territory that is already taking shape.

Several Republicans could run in 2024, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Tim Scott and Sen. Tom Cotton.