After a shocking week in which a former White House staffer made a bombastic statement about Donald Trump’s off-kilter behavior on the day of the Capitol riots, lawmakers at the Jan. 6 committee said criminal reprimands — even one against the former presidents – were not excluded.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) appeared on ABC In this week and CBS’ face the nation to preview the committee’s next steps following Tuesday’s chilling testimony by Cassidy Hutchinson, who said Trump pounced on his presidential driver to get him to take him to the Capitol just before the riot.
Host Jonathan Karl asked Cheney if the committee could refer Trump for prosecution, and she replied, “Yes.”
“We could have an opinion on this as a committee,” Cheney noted. “And if you just look at it from perspective – what kind of man knows the mob is armed and sends the mob to attack the Capitol? And keeps inciting this mob when his own Vice President is threatened, when Congress is threatened. It’s very chilled.”
“The Justice Department doesn’t have to wait for the committee to make a criminal referral,” she added. “And there could be more than one criminal referral.”
Schiff took the same line in an interview with CBS’ Margaret Brennen, arguing that Trump should not shirk responsibility for the attack on the Capitol, no matter how politically difficult it might be to impeach him.
“To immunize a former president who has engaged in wrongdoing,” he said, “I would agree with our vice chairman — I think it’s more dangerous than anything.”
“Choosing not to pursue an investigation or pursue prosecution because of someone’s political status or political influence, or because they have a following, is in my view a far more dangerous thing to our Constitution than following the evidence, wherever they are leads too, even if it leads to a former president,” Schiff said.
The committee has not said whether it believes it has the evidence to refer Trump for prosecution, nor has it said it has evidence to support Hutchinson’s testimony. However, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) told CNN on Sunday that the committee plans to continue covering previously unreported stories.
“There will be a lot more information,” he said. “Stay tuned.”
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