Monday marked day two of Liz Cheney’s Maoist January 6 show trial.
January 6 panel Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) on Monday evening said the committee will not be making criminal referrals to the Justice Department.
“If the Department of Justice looks at it and assumes that there’s something that needs further review. I’m sure they’ll do it,” Thompson said to reporters.
When asked again if the January 6 committee would ever make a criminal referral “No, that’s not our job. Our job is to look at the facts and circumstances around January 6, what caused it and make recommendations after that.”
“They’re the prosecutors, not the legislative branch,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren said to reporters, backing up Bennie Thompson’s statement.
Bennie Thompson on whether he believes Trump should be prosecuted based on the evidence Jan. 6 committee has uncovered. "Well, I prefer that we complete our work and share that work with the Department of Justice, and they will make that call after that." pic.twitter.com/1zgDCZt6SQ
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 13, 2022
Liz Cheney threw a tantrum after Rep. Thompson confirmed his committee would never criminally refer President Trump to the Justice Department.
Cheney immediately released a statement contradicting Bennie Thompson.
The January 6th Select Committee has not issued a conclusion regarding potential criminal referrals. We will announce a decision on that at an appropriate time.
— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) June 14, 2022
The January 6 Committee spox followed up with a statement clarifying Bennie Thompson’s criminal referral claims.
/3 Spokesperson: “Our investigation is ongoing and we will continue to gather all relevant information as we present facts, offer recommendations and, if warranted, make criminal referrals.”
— John Bresnahan (@bresreports) June 14, 2022