Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) wants the Justice Department to prosecute former President Donald Trump if it finds evidence related to his involvement in the Jan. 6 attack.
Cheney, vice chairman of the House Select Committee on Jan. 6, considered whether a potential prosecution could add to Trump’s political clout with supporters.
“The question for us is: Are we a nation of laws? Are we a country where no one is above the law? And what do the facts and evidence show?” Cheney told CNN’s Kasie Hunt on Thursday. “And certainly, I’ve been very clear, I think he’s guilty of the most serious dereliction of duty of any president in the history of our nation.”
Cheney also cited a California federal district judge who said Trump, along with his former lawyer John Eastman, more likely to have committed attempted crimes to overturn the 2020 election. He said the Jan. 6 panel would rule on criminal referrals to the Justice Department, but added that any prosecution ultimately rested with the Justice Department.
“Understanding what it means if the facts and evidence are there and they decide not to prosecute: How do we call ourselves a nation of laws? I think it’s a very serious, serious balancing act,” Cheney said.
Watch an excerpt from the interview below:
Trump’s lawyers have reportedly contacted the Justice Department and told them that charges were “likely.” sources told CNN.
Cheney, who is running for re-election against a Trump-backed opponent, gave CNN the same day her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, called Trump a “coward” in an ad for her re-election campaign.