Cheney warns of consequences for Trump in dealings with Jan. 6 committee

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  • Donald Trump
    Donald Trump
    45th President of the United States
  • Liz Cheney
    Liz Cheney
    American politician
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) speaks during a Jan. 6 Select Committee vote to hold Jeffery Clark in contempt of Congress on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) speaks during a Jan. 6 Select Committee vote to hold Jeffery Clark in contempt of Congress on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021.


Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the vice chairwoman of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, suggested Wednesday that former President Trump could be held responsible for any falsehoods 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.

"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 committee may eventually subpoena Trump.

Cheney's comments came at a business meeting where the panel forwarded its second referral for criminal contempt to the full House, in this case for Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official who was central to Trump's efforts to pressure the department to act on his baseless claims of voter fraud.

If Trump, like Clark, failed to appear before the committee following a subpoena, a contempt report would detail all the exchanges between him and his attorneys and committee staff. If he appeared, he could face charges if he lied to congressional investigators. It's the same charge his confidant Roger Stone, now also subpoenaed by the committee, faced before being pardoned by Trump.

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