In an interview with ABC’s This Week that aired on Sunday, Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney said the committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot could make multiple criminal referrals of former President Donald Trump over his role, The Washington Post reports.
“The Justice Department doesn’t have to wait for the committee to make a criminal referral,” Cheney said. “And there could be more than one criminal referral.”
Cheney said that the Justice Department should move forward with prosecuting Trump despite critics claims that the move would be political. “I think it’s a much graver constitutional threat if a president can engage in these kinds of activities, and the majority of the president’s party looks away, or we as a country decide we’re not actually going to take our constitutional obligations seriously,” Cheney said.
In a post to his Truth Social platform, Trump slammed Cheney as a “warmongering” and “despicable human,” who he says “is hated by the great people of Wyoming.”
Trump mocked Cheney for “saying, over and over again, that HER Fake Unselect Committee may recommend CRIMINAL CHARGES against a President of the United States who got more votes than any sitting President in history.”
“Even the Dems didn’t know what she was talking about! Why doesn’t she press charges instead against those that cheated on the Election, or those that didn’t properly protect the Capitol?” Trump wrote.
Cheney added that the notion of Trump running as the GOP presidential nominee for a third time would end the Republican Party as we know it.
“Millions of people, millions of Republicans have been betrayed by Donald Trump. And that is a really painful thing for people to recognize and to admit, but it’s absolutely the case,” Cheney said. “And they’ve been betrayed by him, by ‘the big lie,’ and by what he continues to do and say to tear apart our country and tear apart our party.”