Republican Liz Cheney, vice chairman of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 8 attack on the U.S. Capitol, said Tuesday.Former President Donald Trump tried to contact a witness who has not yet appeared before the committee in public.
“Let me say once again, we will make every effort to influence the testimony of the witness very seriously,” Cheney said.
Cheney said Trump tried to call this person, who did not pick up and did not respond. Instead, they warned their lawyer. Lawyers have warned the committee, and Cheney said they have referred the matter back to the judiciary.
Trump’s spokesman Taylor Budovich tweeted It was alleged after Tuesday’s hearing that the media had become the “pan of the unelected committee”.
“Liz Cheney continues the traffic of lies and lies that are unchallenged, uncertain, but repeated as true because the narrative is more important than the truth,” Budovich wrote.
Rip. Jamie Raskin, who was one of the leaders in Tuesday’s hearing, later told reporters that “there has been a problem with a pattern of witness tampering from the beginning.” He called it a “very serious crime.”
“It’s a crime to manipulate witnesses, and we want that message to come out, so no one can say they were surprised,” Raskin said.
A., Cheney said some of the witnesses who appeared before the committee received messages from some members of Trump’s inner circle. He read some text, one of which read, “He wants me to let you know he’s thinking about you. He knows you’re loyal.”
He said an eyewitness told the panel that they had received a phone call.
“What they told me is, as long as I’m not a team player, they know I’m on the team, I’m doing the right thing, I’m protecting who I want to protect, you know, I’m going to be in Trump World for good.” Cheney quoted witnesses as saying. “And they reminded me a few times that Trump read the transcript, and I went through the testimony and interviews with the committee to remember that as well.”
According to another eyewitness, Cheney, they received a call during which the caller said, “[A person] Let me know if you have a statement tomorrow. She wants me to tell her that she cares about you. He knows you’re loyal, and you’re going to do the right thing when you go for your statement. “
“Most Americans know that trying to influence witnesses to testify falsely is a matter of grave concern,” Cheney concluded, adding that the committee would discuss how to proceed.
The House Committee on January 6 spoke to more than 100 witnesses, and 15 have so far testified in seven public hearings. They also showed clips from recorded testimonies from other witnesses, including former Attorney General William Barr, Trump White House Counsel Pat Cipolon, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
Alice Kim contributed to this report.