“President Trump continues to make the same false claims about a stolen election with which he has misled millions of Americans. These are the same claims he knows provoked violence in the past. He has recently suggested that he wants to debate members of this committee,” Cheney said.
“This committee's investigation into the violent assault on our Capitol on Jan. 6 is not a game. When this committee convenes hearings, witnesses will be called to testify under oath. Any communications Mr. Trump has with this committee will be under oath. And if he persists in lying, then he will be accountable under the laws of this great nation and subject to criminal penalties for every false word he speaks.”
Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) previously said, “no one is off limits” when asked if the board may ultimately subpoena Trump.
Cheney’s remarks came at a business meeting where the committee forwarded its second referral for criminal contempt to the full House, in this case for Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official. He was central to Trump’s efforts to urge the department to work on his claims of voter fraud.
If Trump, like Clark, would not appear before the committee following a subpoena, a contempt report would reveal all the exchanges between him and his attorneys and committee staff. He could face charges if he lied to congressional investigators if he appeared.
It’s the same charge his confidant Roger Stone, now also subpoenaed by the committee, faced before being pardoned by Trump.
Through an attorney, Stone said in a statement that he had not served his subpoena and had not seen the details of what he may be asked to provide. Stone declined having any information related to the attack that took place.
She is one of two Republicans to sit on the committee, appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had picked five Republicans to sit on the committee, but Pelosi vetoed two of his picks, leading McCarthy to pull the rest of them.