Liz Cheney Touts Jan. 6 Evidence, Says Trump Criminal Referrals Possible

Representative Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, said Sunday that the House select committee investigating last year's Capitol riot could make multiple criminal referrals in connection with former President Donald Trump's actions on January 6, 2021.

The congresswoman's comments come as the committee has held a series of prime-time public hearings, including one on Tuesday in which Cassidy Hutchinson, a former top aide to ex-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, alleged that Trump tried to grab the steering wheel of the presidential limousine when he was told he couldn't join his supporters at the Capitol during the insurrection.

During the interview on ABC's This Week, host Jonathan Karl asked Cheney, the vice chair of the January 6 committee, if she believes the hearings have "demonstrated that Donald Trump needs to be prosecuted."

"Ultimately the Justice Department will decide that. I think we may well as a committee have a view on that, and if you just think about it from the perspective of what kind of man knows that a mob is armed and sends the mob to attack the Capitol...It's very chilling and I think certainly we will continue to present to the American people what we've found," she said.

Liz Cheney Touts Jan. 6 Evidence
Representative Liz Cheney said Sunday that the House committee investigating last year's Capitol riot could make multiple criminal referrals in connection with former President Donald Trump's actions on January 6, 2021. Above, Cheney delivers remarks during the fifth hearing on the January 6th investigation on June 23. Win McNamee

Karl then asked Cheney if the committee "will or will not make a criminal referral."

"We'll make a decision as a committee about it," the GOP lawmaker responded, who added that the Department of Justice "doesn't have to wait for the committee to make a criminal referral, and there could be more than one..."

Karl then asked Cheney if she'd be concerned about a Justice Department under President Joe Biden's administration prosecuting Trump—who could be a political rival of the president's in the next presidential election.

"I have greater concern about what it would mean if people weren't held accountable for what's happened here. 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," she replied.

Karl later asked the congresswoman about Hutchinson's testimony from Tuesday, and whether or not the committee has any evidence "to corroborate what she said happened in that presidential motorcade."

"The committee has significant evidence about a whole range of issues including the president's intense anger...But let me just leave it there. I think you will continue to see in the coming days and weeks additional detail about the president's activities and behavior on that day," Cheney said.

Newsweek has reached out to Trump's press office for comment.