The select House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 siege of the U.S. Capitol may make a criminal reference to former President Donald Trump, the panel’s vice chairman said in an interview that aired Sunday.
When asked whether Trump should be prosecuted for his role in the attack, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) to ABC’s “This Week”, “Ultimately the Justice Department will decide that. I think we as a committee can have an opinion on that.
“If you just think about it from the perspective of what kind of man knows a mob is armed and sends the mob to attack the Capitol and further inflames that mob when his own vice president is threatened, when Congress is threatened ,” she continued, “it’s very horrifying and I think we’ll definitely, you know, continue to present to the American people what we’ve found.”
When asked whether a criminal referral from the commission is possible, Cheney answered yes.
Her comments referenced a revelation in the latest round of testimony before the committee in which former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson said Trump knew the people in the crowd were armed before urging them to march on the Capitol.
Trump was impeached for inciting the siege, with crowds of his supporters storming the halls of Congress as lawmakers gathered to finalize the results of the 2020 presidential election. But the special committee has examined the ex-president’s attempts to reverse the vote, stressing that he knew his claims about stolen elections were false.
“I’m more concerned about what it would mean if people weren’t held accountable for what happened here,” Cheney said when asked if she was concerned about the prospect of prosecuting an ex-president.