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Washington, DC – Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) delivered remarks on a resolution she offered during today’s January 6th Select Committee meeting directing the Chairman of the Committee to issue a subpoena to Donald J. Trump for documents and testimony in connection with the attack on the United States Capitol.

Watch her full statement here and see a transcript of her remarks below: 

REP. LIZ CHENEY: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
 
Mr. Chairman, our committee now has sufficient information to answer many of the critical questions posed by Congress at the outset. We have sufficient information to consider criminal referrals for multiple individuals and to recommend a range of legislative proposals to guard against another January 6th. But a key task remains: we must seek the testimony under oath of January 6th’s central player.

More than 30 witnesses in our investigation have invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, and several of those did so specifically in response to questions about their dealings with Donald Trump, directly.
 
Here are a few examples. This is Roger Stone with Oath Keepers at the Willard Hotel on the morning of January 6th. And here is Mr. Stone testifying before our Committee:
 

REP. CHENEY (CLIP): Did you speak to President Trump on his private cell phone on either January 5th or January 6th?
 

ROGER STONE (CLIP): Once again, on advice of counsel, I will assert my Fifth Amendment right to respectfully decline to answer your question.
 

REP. CHENEY: This is General Michael Flynn, walking with Oath Keepers on December 12th, 2020. And here is General Flynn’s testimony before our committee:
 

COMMITTEE INVESTIGATOR (CLIP): Did you, General Flynn, talk to President Trump at any point on January 6, 2021?
 

GEN. MICHAEL FLYNN (CLIP): The Fifth.
 

REP. CHENEY: Here is John Eastman, fraudulently instructing tens of thousands of angry protestors that the Vice President could change the election outcome on January 6th. Later on this same day, Dr. Eastman acknowledged in writing that Donald Trump knew what he was attempting was illegal. Here is John Eastman testifying before our committee:
 

COMMITTEE INVESTIGATOR (CLIP): Did President Trump authorize you to discuss publicly your January 4th, 2021 conversation with him?
 

JOHN EASTMAN (CLIP): Fifth.
 

COMMITTEE INVESTIGATOR (CLIP): So is it your position that you can discuss in the media direct conversations you had with the President of the United States, but you will not discuss those same conversations with this committee?
 

EASTMAN (CLIP): Fifth.
 

REP. CHENEY: Here is Jeff Clark, who conspired with Donald Trump to corrupt the Department of Justice. President Trump wanted to appoint Jeff Clark as Acting Attorney General. And as you can see in this call log we obtained from the National Archives, he did so. And here is Mr. Clark testifying before our committee: 
 

COMMITTEE INVESTIGATOR (CLIP): Mr. Clark, when did you first talk directly with President Trump?
 

JEFFREY CLARK (CLIP): Fifth.
 

COMMITTEE INVESTIGATOR (CLIP): Mr. Clark, did you discuss with President Trump allegations of fraud in the 2020 election? On January 6, 2021, did you have any communications with the President of the United States?
 

CLARK (CLIP): Fifth. 
 

REP. CHENEY: Other witnesses have also gone to enormous lengths to avoid testifying about their dealings with Donald Trump. Steve Bannon has been tried and convicted by a jury of his peers for contempt of Congress. He is scheduled to be sentenced for this crime later this month.  Criminal proceedings regarding Peter Navarro continue.
 
And Mark Meadows, Donald Trump’s former chief of staff, has refused to testify based upon executive privilege; the committee’s litigation with him continues.
 
Mr. Chairman, at some point, the Department of Justice may well unearth the facts that these and other witnesses are currently concealing. But our duty today is to our country, and our children, and our Constitution. We are obligated to seek answers directly from the man who set this all in motion. And every American is entitled to those answers so we can act now to protect our Republic.
 
So, this afternoon, I am offering this resolution that the Committee direct the Chairman to issue a subpoena for relevant documents and testimony under oath from Donald John Trump in connection with the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol.
 
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I yield back.

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