Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the Vice Chairwoman of the House committee probing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, threatened former President Trump by saying he could be held responsible for any wrongdoings exchanged with the panel.
“President Trump continues to make the same false claims about a stolen election with which he has misled millions of Americans. These are the same claims he knows provoked violence in the past. He has recently suggested that he wants to debate members of this committee,” Cheney said.
Fixed it @RepLizCheney— BitchIsBack (@PainTrinaSolis) December 2, 2021
Trump recently said he wants to debate members of J6 lynching. Communications Mr. Trump has with this mob will be under oath & if he persists in telling the truth he will be subject to crap penalties for every true word he speaks. https://t.co/z6s6sgR5RR
“This committee’s investigation into the violent assault on our Capitol on Jan. 6 is not a game. When this committee convenes hearings, witnesses will be called to testify under oath. Any communications Mr. Trump has with this committee will be under oath. And if he persists in lying, then he will be accountable under the laws of this great nation and subject to criminal penalties for every false word he speaks.”
Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) previously said, “no
one is off limits” when asked if the board may ultimately subpoena Trump.
Cheney’s remarks came at a business meeting where the committee forwarded its second referral for criminal contempt to the full House, in this case for Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official. He was central to Trump’s efforts to urge the department to work on his claims of voter fraud.
Cheney gets a brutal dose of karmahttps://t.co/5XvOX73bHV— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) November 29, 2021
If Trump, like Clark, would not appear before the committee following a subpoena, a contempt report would reveal all the exchanges between him and his attorneys and committee staff. He could face charges if he lied to congressional investigators if he appeared.
It’s the same charge his confidant Roger Stone, now also subpoenaed by the committee, faced before being pardoned by Trump.
The panel said that Stone, who the
former President pardoned for several crimes tied to a congressional probe into the Trump 2016 campaign, participated in “Stop the Steal” efforts.
Through an attorney, Stone said in a statement that he had not served his subpoena and had not seen the details of what he may be asked to provide. Stone declined having any information related to the attack that took place.
Trump's executive privilege argument suggests Trump was personally involved in the planning of the January 6 insurrection according to Liz Cheney. pic.twitter.com/gIOeV1my9x— Jeffrey Levin (@jilevin) December 2, 2021
She is one of two Republicans to sit on the committee, appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had picked five Republicans to sit on the committee, but Pelosi vetoed two of his picks, leading McCarthy to pull the rest of them.