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Rep. Liz Cheney disputes NYT report claiming Jan. 6 panel is split on Trump criminal referral

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) has disputed a report that disclosed a dispute among members of the House Jan. 6 select committee on whether to make a criminal referral to the Department of Justice for former President Donald Trump.

“There’s not really a dispute on the committee,” Cheney told CNN’s State of the Union. The New York Times said otherwise on Sunday, in a report headlined: “January 6 Panel Has Evidence for Criminal Referral of Trump, but Splits on Sending.”

“The debate centers on whether making a referral, which would be a largely symbolic act, would backfire by politically tainting the justice department’s expanding investigation into the January 6 assault and what led up to it,” the paper said.

Citing “members and aides,” the Times said such sources were reluctant to support a referral because it would create the impression Democrats had asked the attorney general, Merrick Garland, to investigate Trump.

Cheney said: “We have not made a decision about referrals on the committee … [but] it’s actually clear that what President Trump was dealing with, what a number of people around him were doing, that they knew it was awful. That they did it anyway.”

Cheney made this statement two days after CNN reported that the January 6 committee had obtained text messages in which Donald Trump Jr laid out election subversion tactics to Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, two days after election day.

Cheney cited a decision “issued by [federal] Judge [David] Carter a few weeks ago, where he concluded that it was more likely than not the president United States was engaged in criminal activity. “I think what we have seen is a massive and well-organised and well-planned effort that used multiple tools to try to overturn an election.”

Cheney would not be drawn on whether Trump should be referred for prosecution.

She said: “The committee has … a tremendous amount of testimony and documents that I think very, very clearly demonstrate the extent of the planning and the organisation and the objective, and the objective was absolutely to try to … interfere with that official proceeding. And it’s absolutely clear that they knew what they were doing was wrong. They knew that it was unlawful.”

“The committee is working in a really collaborative way to discuss these issues,” she said, adding: “We’ll continue to work together to do so. So, I wouldn’t characterize there as being a dispute on the committee … and I’m confident that we will we will work to come to agreement on all of the issues that we’re facing.”

Cheney 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.”

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE 

PHOTO CREDITS: INDEPENDENT

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