Jan. 6 panel will reveal new information about attack, Cheney says

WASHINGTON — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol will reveal new details and may make new recommendations about legislation and criminal penalties for officials who failed to carry out their duties, said Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.

“Our first priority is to make recommendations,” Cheney, one of two Republicans on the nine-person select committee, said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “We’re looking at things like do we need additional enhanced criminal penalties for the kind of supreme dereliction of duty that you saw with President Trump when he refused to tell the mob to go home after he had provoked that attack on the Capitol.

“So there will be legislative recommendations, and there certainly will be new information.”

The committee, which has been interviewing witnesses for several months, is expected to hold hearings this spring.

Cheney and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, the other Republican on the committee, were among the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his role in the attack.

Cheney said being on the panel has only reinforced her concerns about what happened that day.

“I have not learned a single thing since I have been on this committee that has made me less concerned or less worried about the gravity of the situation and the actions that President Trump took and also refused to take when the attack was underway,” she said.

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