Cheney helps lead first night of Jan. 6 hearings, says Trump 'could be guilty of federal crimes'

Victoria Eavis, Casper Star-Tribune

Wyoming’s lone congresswoman took center stage during the first night of the Jan. 6 hearings.

Rep. Liz Cheney laid out some of the select committee’s findings, placing much of the blame for the U.S. Capitol riot on former President Donald Trump as well as the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers – two far-right groups.

In her opening statement, Cheney, vice chair of the committee, said that a federal judge whom the committee spoke to “reached the conclusion that President Trump’s efforts to pressure Vice President Pence to act illegally by refusing to count electoral votes likely violated two federal criminal statutes.”

Cheney and chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss, were the only two on the committee to speak Thursday.

“On this point, there is no room for debate. Those who invaded our Capitol and battled law enforcement for hours were motivated by what President Trump had told them: that the election was stolen, and that he was the rightful President,” Cheney said in her opening statement. “President Trump summoned the mob, assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack.”

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