Cheney threatens possible criminal referrals from 1/6 committee against Trump

Many observers believe the primary goal of the Jan. 6 House select committee’s hearings — all of which have been televised, even one in primetime — is a concerted effort by Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans to, at the very least, keep former President Donald Trump off the 2024 ticket.

One way the committee could theoretically accomplish that goal is by presenting just enough “evidence” to Attorney General Merrick Garland in the form of a criminal referral, which would place Garland in an unprecedented rock and a hard spot, as AG’s going after former presidents is absolutely unheard of.

If Garland were to open a case, Trump’s career in politics would effectively be over, according to pundits, and Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (WY), vice-chair of the committee, just admitted that not only will the committee consider a criminal referral, but said that it might consider “more than one” referral, Breitbart reported.

“You’ve been clear since really January 6 itself that he bears responsibility, have these hearings demonstrated that Donald Trump needs to be prosecuted?” asked ABC News anchor Jon Karl during an interview with Cheney over the weekend.

“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 the mob is armed and sends the mob to attack the Capitol and further incites that mob when his own vice president is under threat, when the Congress is under threat? It’s very chilling,” Cheney replied, dodging the question.

Karl pressed several more times, finally asking bluntly if a criminal referral is possible.

Cheney replied, “Yes. The Justice Department doesn’t have to wait for the committee to make a criminal referral. And there could be more than one criminal referral.”

According to Business Insider, when the House returns from the July Fourth holiday recess, at least one, if not multiple, additional hearings will take place. Dates and times for the remaining hearings haven’t yet been announced.