The January 6th House Select Committee may make a criminal referral to the Justice Department recommending that anybody who tried to influence witness testimony should be prosecuted, its Vice-Chair, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), said in an interview broadcast on Thursday. Even as the “DOJ is watching” every minute of testimony and doesn’t necessarily need to wait on any criminal referrals to bring charges, as the Committee’s Chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) recently quipped, a criminal referral from the panel could indeed expedite the process.
The alleged witness tampering and threats against star surprise witness Cassidy Hutchinson were revealed at the end of last Tuesday’s emergency hearing, and Hutchinson has been the target of a Trump-led misinformation campaign to silence her ever since. Ironically, none of Hutchinson’s critics are willing to be sworn in before the Committee to dispute Hutchinson’s testimony under oath. PSA to MAGA: an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show isn’t sworn testimony.
Witness tampering is a federal crime, just another offense to add to the ever-growing pile of crimes Trump is being investigated for. If the DOJ is going to be bringing charges against Trump–as Attorney General Merrick Garland’s former professor believes–it’ll be interesting to see just which charges they pick.
Rep. Lofgren (D-Calif.): “It’s obvious she’s being intimidated, people are trying to discredit her.” pic.twitter.com/atnDtcpZov
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) July 3, 2022
The January 6th Committee is going to come back strong after the July 4th holiday with the intention of interviewing former White House counsel Pat Cipollone and others who have now come forward in the wake of Hutchinson’s testimony. Committee member Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) says they’re going to take action on anyone shown to have attempted to influence what Hutchinson said under oath.