Jan. 6 committee informs DOJ that Trump tried to tamper with one of his witnesses, Cheney says

Vice President U.S. Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) speaks during a public hearing of the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 12, 2022.

Elizabeth Frantz | Reuters

The House Select Committee investigating the attack on the Capitol on January 6 revealed that it told the Justice Department that former President Donald Trump had contacted one of his witnesses who had not yet publicly testified.

“After our last hearing. President Trump attempted to call a witness in our investigation. A witness you have not yet seen in these hearings,” Rep. Liz Cheney, vice chair of the committee, said Tuesday.

“This individual declined to answer or respond to President Trump’s call and instead alerted his attorney to the call. Their attorney alerted us. And this committee provided this information to the Department of Justice,” a- she added.

A Trump spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

Tuesday’s hearing marked the latest round of testimony that paints Trump as a president determined to cling to power after the conclusion of the 2020 presidential election — whatever the cost to American democracy.

The committee presented new testimony from several key witnesses, including former White House attorney Pat Cipollone, who told panel investigators they repeatedly told Trump that the election had not been stolen and that it was time for the president to give in.

Trump has continued to make false claims about the 2020 election two years after losing to President Joe Biden. Trump has yet to rule out another run for president in 2024.

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