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January 6 Committee has ‘very serious concerns’, Trump allies try to tamper with testimony

Written by Javed Iqbal

The January 6 committee is concerned that Donald Trump or his allies may be trying to tamper with the testimony of witnesses taking part in the congressional inquiry.

“Most Americans know that trying to influence witnesses to testify untruths raises very serious concerns,” Committee Vice President Liz Cheney said Tuesday.

The committee shared an anonymous testimony Tuesday, Jan. 6, describing mob-like threats from unnamed individuals inside the Trump camp.

“What they said to me is that as long as I continue to be a team player, they know I’m on the team, I’m doing the right thing, I’m protecting who I need to protect, you know, I want to keep going. to remain in good grace in Trump World, ”the witness told lawmakers.

“They reminded me a few times that Trump reads transcripts and just to keep that in mind while I continued through my clarifications and interviews with the committee,” the witness added.

“He knows you are loyal and you will do the right thing when you go in for your clarification,” another witness recalled being told.

The independent has contacted Trump for a comment.

Witness manipulation is illegal under federal law, including with respect to cases before Congress, and can be punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison.

Sir. Trump and his allies have certainly put pressure on public witnesses on January 6.

During Tuesday’s hearings, Mr Trump was at odds with Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House aide who allegedly gave shocking testimony about the former president. attacking staff and like welcomes armed supporters to attack the Capitol.

By sending a stream of messages on his Truth Social app, Mr. Trump claimed that he “almost”Knows who Mrs. Hutchinson is, and accuses the former helper of spreading a“ sick ”and“ fraudulent ”set of stories.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump’s spokesman on Truth Social wrote that Mrs Hutchinson was a “pathetic” person and a “swamp social climber who invented stories to her (not even) 15 minutes” fame.

The committee on January 6 said it had convened a surprising last hearing in June on Tuesday in part because of “sincere concernsFor Mrs Hutchinson’s safety.

This is not the first time that potential witness manipulation has occurred in connection with the Capitol Riot Committee.

In February, California Congressman Pete Aguilar accused Trump of trying to influence testimony by offering pardon if he is re-elected president.

“I think the question is more to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. Where are they? Do they support this? When is enough enough? ” Sir. Aguilar told CNN.

“When a mob sings ‘Hang Mike Pence’, it was not enough,” he continued. “When the former president asked [Georgia Secretary of State] Brad Raffensperger to find him 11,000 votes, that was not enough. Now he dangles pardons, if he returns to office, for individuals. Will that be enough? Or will there be more collective amnesia? I just do not know where the floor is these days on that side of the aisle. ”

The former president has repeatedly discussed pardons related to January 6th.

“Another thing we will do – and so many people have asked me about it – if I run and if I win, we will treat these people fairly from January 6. We will treat them fairly,” said Mr. Trump at a meeting in January 2022. “And if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons. Because they are treated so unfairly.”

While president, Mr. Trump also tended to attack those who testified against him.

In 2019, when the first federal trial against Trump was underway, the then president went after the former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during her testimonyand claimed on Twitter, “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went bad. She started in Somalia, how did it go?”

“It’s very scary,” she said in response to the attacks during the hearing. “I can not talk about what the president is trying to do, but the effect is to be intimidating.”

(The White House said at the time, Mr. Trump was not involved in witness trimming, but rather shared “the president’s opinion to which he is entitled” in a process that it called a “completely illegitimate, quarrel stacked against the president.”)

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