Representative Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican who serves as vice chairman of the committee, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” on Sunday that the committee is talking to Thomas’s attorney.
“We certainly hope that she will agree to voluntarily participate, but the committee is fully prepared to consider the subpoena if she doesn’t. “So it is very important that we have to do so. talk to her and like I said, I hope she will voluntarily agree to do so but I’m sure we’ll consider subpoenas if she doesn’t.”
The commission asked Thomas, a conservative activist, to meet with the panel and provide documents that may be relevant to the investigation. The committee has email correspondence between Thomas and President Donald Trump’s former election attorney, John Eastman, as well as documents between her and Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. The documents show Thomas urging Meadows to continue his fight to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Eastman and Meadows were also the subject of a committee investigation.
No decision on Trump’s criminal referral yet
Cheney also said the committee has yet to decide whether it will make a criminal referral to President Donald Trump, but she believes Trump has violated his oath of office and that’s “what we’re doing.” consider”.
“I think that Donald Trump, violating the oath of office, violating the Constitution in which he participated, is the most egregious misconduct by any president in the history of our nation. I I think, like I said, the committee hasn’t decided yet whether we’re going to make criminal referrals. That’s something we take very seriously. And I’d also like to say that the Department of Justice is certainly very focused. based on what we have seen publicly about the largest criminal investigation in American history. But there is no doubt in my mind that the President of the United States is unfit for the higher office.”
“I also know that what we’ve seen in terms of what’s happened throughout what we’ve become aware of over the past few weeks is very disturbing,” she said. “We’ll get to the bottom of it.”
Cheney about her future
Cheney said her job on the January 6 committee “was the most important thing I’ve ever done professionally,” telling Tapper that even if she loses the upcoming re-election race because of the commission’s work, ban, then “nothing to argue”. still have service value on it.
She called her primary race “a very unusual moment, certainly in American politics.”
“I’m going to say this too, I’m not going to lie. I’m not going to say things that aren’t true about the election,” she said. “My opponents are doing it for sure for the sake of being elected … if I had to choose between maintaining a seat in the House, or defending the constitutional republic and securing the American people,” he said. know the truth about Donald Trump, I will choose the Constitution and the truth every day.”
This story has been updated to include more from Cheney’s interview.