Liz Cheney Seems To Be Trying To Get Trump Criminally Charged For 1/6
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) picked her words thoroughly and purposefully while setting out the case for possibly criminally charging Trump for 1/6.
Video of 1/6 Committee Vice-Chair Cheney on CBS’s Face The Country:
Rep. Liz Cheney makes the case for criminally charging Trump, “Trump is likely again this week to make the same false claims about the election that he knows to be false and the same false claims about the election that he knows caused violence on January 6th.” pic.twitter.com/kz0AuW0ZTt
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) January 2, 2022
Records by means of CBS’s Face The Country:
MARGARET BRENNAN: We understand Democrats are preparing a vigil. We understand the previous president is preparing a press conference. Are you worried about the nation being at threat of political violence today and in the years ahead?
REP. CHENEY: Look, I believe that if- if what he has actually been stating given that he left workplace is any sign, previous President Trump is most likely once again today to make the exact same incorrect claims about the election that he understands to be incorrect and the exact same incorrect claims about the election that he understands triggered violence on Jan 6. I believe that it is certainly really worrying, provided what we understand occurred in the lead as much as the 6th and what the committee is learning about the occasions of that day. However I believe that it- it’s not unexpected. But again, he knows these claims caused violence and we’ve seen now people who were in the Capitol, people who’ve been arrested because of their activities on that day, they themselves have told us in court filings, they’ve told us on social media, we’ve seen it on videos; that they were here because Donald Trump told them to be here. And so, he’s very- he’s doing this press conference on the sixth. Again, if he makes those same claims, he’s doing it with complete understanding and knowledge of- of what those claims have caused in the past.
MARGARET BRENNAN: You’ve raised in the past the possibility of criminal culpability for the president. Is that the consensus view of the committee?
REP. CHENEY: Look, the committee is obviously going to follow the facts wherever they lead. We’ve made tremendous progress. We have had now- if you just believe about, for example, what we know now about what the former president was doing on the 6th while the attack was underway. The committee has firsthand testimony that President Trump was sitting in the dining room next to the Oval Office, watching on television as the Capitol was assaulted as the violence occurred. We know that that is clearly a supreme dereliction of duty. One of the things that the committee is looking at from the perspective of our legislative purpose is whether we need enhanced penalties for that kind of dereliction of duty. However we’ve certainly never seen anything like that as a nation before.
Rep. Cheney Is Arguing That Trump’s Conduct On 1/6 Was Criminal
Rep. Cheney has used the language in a federal statute that makes it a crime to obstruct, influence, or impede an official proceeding. It is the same statute that has been used to charge 1/6 insurrectionists, and it along with dereliction of duty are both clearly being examined by the committee for a potential Trump criminal referral.
It is easy to see why Trump and the GOP want Liz Cheney gone due to the fact that she is one of the few Republicans to make a case for criminally charging the previous president.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has actually a Bachelor’s Degree in Government. His graduate work concentrated on public law, with an expertise in social reform motions.
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