The House Special Investigations Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the federal Capitol by supporters of Republican President Donald Trump, particularly his own role, could refer the tycoon to the Justice Department for criminal charges. multi-indictment trial, her vice president, Republican Liz Cheney, said yesterday.
During an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Ms. Cheney also pointed out that the Justice Department does not have to wait for a formal recommendation from the committee to move against Mr. Trump, it could refer him to trial faster.
Asked if she thought the committee’s hearings proved that Donald Trump should be brought before US criminal justice, Ms Cheney simply said “at the end of the day, that’s for the Justice Department to decide”.
Liz Cheney, one of two Republicans on the Democratic-led special investigation committee, said “we will make a decision as a committee” on whether and whether to make a recommendation to the Justice Department to prosecute him. real estate tycoon.
He insisted that the Ministry of Justice “is not obliged to wait for the committee” to decide and that “more than one can be done”.
Never in US history has a sitting or former president been brought to a criminal trial. Asked what Joe Biden’s Justice Department’s move to prosecute a former president would mean for the country, Ms. Cheney said, “I’m more concerned about what it would mean if people weren’t held accountable for what happened here.”
Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney (2001-2009), criticized Mr Trump’s behavior before, during and after the attack. Thousands of supporters of the former president violently stormed the congressional headquarters on January 6, 2021 in their failed attempt to block the formal ratification of Mr. Biden’s victory in the November 2020 election by his members.
Ms Cheney has been particularly vocal about Mr Trump’s inflammatory speech before the events that rocked America.
“I think there is a much more serious threat to the Constitution if a president can engage in these kinds of activities and (…) the majority party turns a blind eye,” or “if we decide as a country (…) that we will not take seriously our obligations deriving from the Constitution”, underlined the Republican MP.
“If you look at it simply from the standpoint of someone knowing that a mob is armed and they send them to attack the Capitol and provoke them when their own vice president is threatened, when Congress is threatened,” he added.
Ms Cheney declined to say whether she plans to run for US president in 2024. She faces a very tough intra-party battle to nominate the GOP candidate or candidate to represent the state of Wyoming ahead of the November mid-term elections.
Mr. Trump has not yet made clear whether and to what extent he will run for president again in 2024, although he has hinted publicly on several occasions.
“Someone as dangerous as Donald Trump should never even come near the Oval Office,” Ms Cheney countered on ABC.
There has been no comment so far from representatives, from his entourage or from the tempestuous tycoon himself about the statements of the Republican congresswoman, black sheep about him.
Mr Trump denies any responsibility for the attack on the Capitol, but has assured that if he is re-elected to the presidency, he will pardon all those involved in it.
Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to then-chief of staff to the presidency Mark Meadows, made explosive revelations in testimony before a special House investigative committee about how Mr. Trump conducted himself on the day of the invasion.
Ms. Hutchinson testified that the former president wanted to take the wheel of the presidential limousine when his security refused to take him to the Capitol to join his supporters. He said Mr. Trump also downplayed concerns that some of his supporters who had gathered to hear him speak before storming the Capitol were armed with AR-15 rifles. He simply told his security to check anyone who wanted to hear him for weapons so the crowd would look as large as possible.
After Ms. Hutchinson’s testimony, more witnesses want to appear before the committee, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, the second-ranking Republican to serve on the committee, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” More revelations are coming, “stay tuned,” he added.