Jan 6 Committee Turns On Each Other?

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They just can’t seem to agree.

On Sunday (April 10), Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) denied the report that the Jan. 6 House select committee was struggling to determine whether to make a criminal referral for former President Donald Trump.

A report by The New York Times revealed that members of the Jan. 6 Panel have become divided over making a criminal referral to the Department of Justice regarding Trump’s involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

The panel, which maintains they have evidence to make a criminal referral, has reached an impasse on whether to give the largely symbolic referral, with some members saying it would stain the DOJ’s ongoing investigation into Trump.

When Cheney was asked by co-anchor Jake Tapper about the division in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” she rejected defining the division as a dispute.

Tapper, referencing that the committee was in a “dispute” with some members of the committee feeling that the move would only “taint the process under which Attorney General Merrick Garland might act” and others arguing “right is right,” asked Cheney where she comes down.

In response, Cheney said, “There’s not really a dispute on the committee.”

Cheney continued, “The committee is working in a really collaborative way to discuss these issues, as we are with all of the issues we’re addressing, and we’ll continue to work together to do so. So I wouldn’t characterize there as being a dispute on the committee.”

During the interview, Cheney also revealed that the panel — made up of five Democrats and two Republicans — is “the single most collaborative committee on which I’ve ever served.”

Cheney then mentioned that given the ” bipartisan way” the committee has behaved she is “confident” it would come to an “agreement on all of the issues that we’re facing.”