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“This is huge”: Legal experts react to Liz Cheney’s Jan. 6 bombshell claim

Cheney again used her closing statement to suggest Trump is witness tampering

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Law enforcement officials were stunned on Tuesday when Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, who served as vice chair of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, dropped another bombshell on witness tampering.

“President Trump attempted to call a witness in our investigation after our last hearing,” she said.

Cheney continued, “A witness you have not yet seen in these hearings.” “Rather than answering or responding to Trump’s call, that person informed their lawyer of it. As a result, we were notified by their attorney, and the information was forwarded to the Department of Justice.”

“Let me say one more time, we will take any effort to influence witness testimony very seriously,” she continued.

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Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) revealed after the hearing that the select committee was aware of the call for several days.

“We’re trying to send the message that witness tampering is a crime in the United States of America,” he said.

In a tweet, Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, who has argued more than three dozen Supreme Court cases, wrote “WOW.”

Tribe argued, “This is a huge deal.”

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Norm Eisen, a former White House ethics adviser, wrote in a blog post: “We were already aware of a number of incidents involving the intimidation of eyewitnesses. That President Trump may have attempted a third assassination is new information.” This act is punishable by fines, up to 20 years in prison, or both under 18 USC 1512.

Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, praised Liz Cheney for publicly criticizing Trump for contacting one of the Committee’s witnesses.

“Trump wasn’t calling to talk about the weather,” according to former prosecutor Katie Phang.

A witness was called by Trump, according to former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance. “The information was forwarded to the Department of Justice by the witness’s lawyer and the committee. When it comes to witness tampering, former presidents have the same rights as any other citizen.”

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According to her, tampering with witnesses is only attempted by the “guilty.”

Chief Washington Correspondent at NBC News: ” “It is a crime to tamper with a witness in any way, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Who better to ask about obstruction than Roger Stone, who was convicted of obstructing a congressional inquiry. Before he left office, Trump commuted his 40-month sentence.”

“Liz Cheney said Trump called a witness and referred the matter to the DOJ. Witness tampering? In the last week? “asked Elie Mystal, a justice reporter for The Nation.

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