Rep. Cheney: DOJ Should Decide If Trump Deserves Charges for Jan. 6 Actions

Rep. Cheney: DOJ Should Decide If Trump Deserves Charges for Jan. 6 Actions liz cheney speaks into mic at press conference Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks during a press conference following a House Republican caucus meeting on Capitol Hill on April 20, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

By Charlie McCarthy | Monday, 26 April 2021 12:55 PM

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump in January, said Monday the Justice Department should decide if Trump deserves to be charged for his actions before the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.

Cheney, while attending a House Republican retreat just outside Orlando, Florida, was asked if Trump should be charged with a crime as were nearly 400 protestors, CNN reported.

"That's a decision that the Justice Department is going to have to make," Cheney said. "There are ongoing criminal investigations, and those will play out."

As chair of the House GOP Conference, Cheney is the No. 3 ranking member of GOP leadership.

She joined 9 other House Republicans in voting to impeach Trump for inciting the Capitol attack.

In a statement at the time, Cheney defended her vote by saying Trump "summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing."

On Monday, Cheney said she stood by that statement.

Cheney also said it was "really important" for Congress to have a bipartisan commission — similar to ones after the Pearl Harbor attack, the John F. Kennedy assassination, and the 9/11 terrorist attack — to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

"I think it's very important that the Jan. 6 commission focus on what happened on Jan. 6 and what led to that attack," Cheney said.

The congresswoman broke with the House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., regarding the scope of such a commission.

McCarthy told Fox News on Sunday that a commission should expand its scope to include other violent instances, including an unrelated incident that led to the death of a Capitol police officer earlier in April.

Capitol Police officer William Evans was rammed by a car while guarding an entrance to the Capitol grounds and died of multiple blunt force injuries to the head.

"You've had political violence for the last year in this building," McCarthy said. "You had on Good Friday, an officer killed for political belief right on the Capitol as well. If you're going to put a commission together, why wouldn't you look at all the problems?"

Cheney disagreed.

"I think that what happened on Jan. 6 is unprecedented in our history and I think that it's very important that the commission be able to focus on that," she said. "I am very concerned, as all my colleagues are, about the violence that we saw, the BLM, the Antifa violence last summer. I think that's a different set of issues, a different set of problems, and a different set of solutions."

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