Are the walls closing in on Donald Trump?
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who also serves on the House January 6th panel, says the committee is still considering making a criminal referral against Donald Trump.
Cheney made the comments during an interview with ABC News’s Jonathan Karl.
The Hill reports:
“Ultimately, the Justice Department will decide that,” Cheney responded. “I think we may well as a committee have a view on that. And if you just think about it from the perspective of, what kind of man knows that a mob is armed and sends the mob to attack the Capitol and further incites that mob when his own vice president is under threat, when the Congress is under threat?”
“It’s just very chilling. And I think certainly we will continue to present to the American people what we’ve found,” she added.
When pressed by Karl, Cheney said that it is possible the committee will officially make a criminal referral. She also noted that the Department of Justice (DOJ) doesn’t need to wait for the panel to make a decision in order for them to make its own criminal referral.
Last month, the committee’s chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), sparked criticism after saying that the panel would not make a criminal referral, claiming that it’s “not our job.” Thompson clarified soon after making his comments that the decision to make a referral remained a possibility.
Cheney’s comments follow ex-White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony last week to the panel about the former president’s behavior during the Capitol riot.