Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney this week introduced a new concern regarding possible witness tampering related to the Jan. 6 Hearings.
“Our committee commonly asks witnesses connected to Mr. Trump’s administration or campaign whether they’ve been contacted by any of their former colleagues or anyone else who attempted to influence or impact their testimony,” the Wyoming Republican said. “Evidently, some witnesses were, in fact, contacted by those interested in having an influence.”
One went so far as to remind a witness that Donald Trump “reads transcripts,” and the former president and his team wanted him or her to “stay in good graces in Trump World.”
As the House select panel hearing wrapped up, Cheney broke some related news:
“After our last hearing, President Trump tried to call a witness in our investigation — a witness you have not yet seen in these hearings,” the GOP vice chair of the committee explained. “That person declined to answer or respond to President Trump’s call and instead alerted their lawyer to the call.
“Their lawyer alerted us, and this committee has supplied that information to the Department of Justice. Let me say one more time, we will take any effort to influence witness testimony very seriously.”
The comments have raised a series of questions —about the witness in question, when the call was made, what Trump intended to say, etc. —which do not yet have answers.
A spokesperson for Trump directed reporters to a tweet that read, “The media has become pawns of the Unselect Committee. Liz Cheney continues to traffic in innuendos and lies that go unchallenged, unconfirmed, but repeated as fact because the narrative is more important than the truth.”