Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the vice chairwoman of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, warned former President Trump on Wednesday that could be held responsible for any falsehoods exchanged with the panel.
Cheney made the comment in a statement before the committee voted to recommend that the House hold former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark in contempt of Congress and refer him for criminal prosecution. Clark is 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.
“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,” she continued. “Any communication 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.”
Cheney:Trump has recently suggested that he wants to debate members of this committee. Any communications Mr. Trump has with this committee will be under oath and if he persists in lying then, he will accountable.. and subject to criminal penalties for every false word he speaks pic.twitter.com/fO169OS5lX
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Cheney was ousted from her No. 3 House Republican leadership position largely because of her vocal criticism of the former president in the aftermath of Jan. 6. She is one of two Republicans to sit on the committee.