Cheney denies NY Times report claiming Jan. 6 committee is split on Trump criminal referral to DOJ

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CNN host Jake Tapper grilled Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on Sunday during CNN’s “State of the Union” about a report from The New York Times that asserted the Jan. 6 House select committee was divided on whether to make a criminal referral regarding former President Donald Trump to the Department of Justice.

The New York Times reported that committee members were in disagreement over the issue. Cheney adamantly denied the claim.

The committee reportedly claims it has sufficient evidence of Trump obstructing a congressional proceeding and conspiring to defraud the American people to refer the matter to the DOJ, according to sources who spoke with the media outlet.

The Times goes on to assert the members of the panel are at odds over whether the symbolic referral will negatively impact the DOJ’s ongoing investigation into Trump.

“There’s a dispute on your committee, as I don’t need to tell you, some people feel like a referral, which actually has no legal weight, would only taint the process under which Attorney General Merrick Garland might act. Some feel that that’s the wrong argument, that right is right, and the committee has the evidence it has. Where do you come down?” Tapper quizzed Cheney on the issue.

“There’s not really a dispute on the committee,” Cheney replied attempting to put the kibosh on the rumor.

“The committee is working in a really collaborative way to discuss these issues, as we are with all of the issues we’re addressing, and we’ll continue to work together to do so. So I wouldn’t characterize there as being a dispute on the committee,” she commented.

The panel is comprised of seven Democrats and two tepid Never-Trump Republicans who were tapped by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Cheney called them “the single most collaborative committee on which I’ve ever served.”

“I’m very proud of the bipartisan way in which we’re operating, and I’m confident that we will work to come to an agreement on all of the issues that we’re facing. So I wouldn’t say that it’s accurate right now to say that there’s a dispute on this issue,” she remarked.

Tapper also asked Cheney if the committee has enough evidence to refer Trump on criminal charges to the DOJ.

“We have not made a decision about referrals on the committee,” she non-committedly responded.

“I think that it is absolutely the case, it’s absolutely clear, that what President Trump was doing, what a number of people around him were doing, that they knew it was unlawful. They did it anyway,” she continued.

“I think what we have seen is a massive and well-organized and well-planned effort that used multiple tools to try to overturn an election,” the Wyoming Republican alleged. The committee has “got a tremendous amount of testimony and documents that I think very, very clearly demonstrate the extent of the planning and the organization and the objective.”

She reiterated, “The objective was absolutely to try to stop the kind of electoral votes, to try to interfere with that official proceeding. And it’s absolutely clear that they knew what they were doing was wrong.”

Cheney also said Ivanka Trump’s testimony this week was “helpful, as has been the testimony of many hundreds of others who have appeared in front of the committee.”


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