Jan. 6 Committee Co-Chair Liz Cheney Makes Statement Appearing to Threaten Donald Trump With Legal Action For Any Election ‘Lies’ He May Tell During Panel Testimony

A statement read by Rep. Liz Cheney, the Wyoming Republican co-chair of the House Jan. 6 Committee, is being seen by some as a threat to take legal action against former President Donald Trump if his testimony is deemed to be untruthful.

Trump “has recently suggested that he wants to debate members of this committee. This committee’s investigation into the violent assault on our Capitol on January 6 is not a game,” Cheney said during a committee hearing this week, according to a video clip posted online.

“When this committee convenes hearings, witnesses will be called to testify under oath. Any communications Mr. Trump has with this committee will be under oath,” she added.

“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 said.

“President Trump continues to make the same false claims about a stolen election, with which he has misled millions of Americans,” she added.

“Cheney’s comments came at a business meeting where the panel forwarded its second referral for criminal contempt to the full House, in this case for Jeffrey Clark, 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,” The Hill noted.

Trump has frequently blasted the committee as being packed with political opponents, and purposely so.

“Interesting to watch the Unselect Committee go after the gentleman at the Department of Justice who thought the Election was RIGGED, but not go after the people who did the RIGGING. Just look at the numbers that the Fake News does everything possible NOT to report. They are overwhelming!” he said in a statement last month.

“The Unselect Committee itself is Rigged, stacked with Never Trumpers, Republican enemies, and two disgraced RINOs, Cheney and Kinzinger, who couldn’t get elected ‘dog catcher’ in their districts. Kinzinger has already quit!” he added.

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Trump has also frequently alleged that the 2020 election was “rigged” against him, though he has not produced any evidence to support his claim.

More recently, however, he and his surrogates have pointed to changes made to election laws in key states in the months leading up to the election to include mass mail-in balloting in order to accommodate for the pandemic.

Legal cases Trump filed in the wake of the election allege those changes were unconstitutional because they were not made by state legislatures.

As for Cheney, she and Trump have regularly clashed, with the former president now backing a primary challenger ahead of next year’s GOP primaries.

In a September statement, Trump said he is backing Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman, whom he said “is running against warmonger and disloyal Republican” Cheney.

“Harriet is a fourth-generation daughter of Wyoming, a very successful attorney, and has the support and respect of a truly great U.S. Senator, Wyoming’s own Cynthia Lummis,” Trump continued.

“Harriet Hageman adores the Great State of Wyoming, is strong on Crime and Borders, powerfully supports the Second Amendment, loves our Military and our Vets, and will fight for Election Integrity and Energy Independence (which [President Joe] Biden has already given up),” he added.

“Unlike RINO Liz Cheney, Harriet is all in for America First. Harriet has my Complete and Total Endorsement in replacing the Democrats number one provider of sound bites, Liz Cheney. Make America Great Again!” the former president concluded.