Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, vice chairwoman of the House select committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, issued a warning to former President Donald Trump amid his posturing that he wanted to debate members of the committee: Lie, and there will be criminal penalties.
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.
“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.
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“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— Acyn (@Acyn) December 2, 2021
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.
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She is one of two Republicans to sit on the committee, both of whom were appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had chosen five Republicans to sit on the committee, but Pelosi vetoed two of his picks, leading McCarthy to pull the rest of them.