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U.S. Capitol riot probe to reveal new details on attack, Cheney says

World Mar 20, 2022 01:30PM ET
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By Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress' probe of the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol will reveal new details of that day's events and may recommend new criminal penalties for officials who fail to uphold their duties, Representative Liz Cheney said on Sunday.

"There will be legislative recommendations and there certainly will be information" on the attack the public has not yet heard, Cheney told NBC-TV's "Meet the Press."

Cheney is one of two Republicans on the nine-person U.S. House of Representatives select committee that has been holding closed-door sessions over the past several months as it interviews witnesses about events leading up to and during the attack by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.

The committee is expected to hold public hearings later this spring. Cheney said a top priority will be making recommendations, including possible "additional enhanced criminal penalties."

Such penalties, Cheney added, would be aimed at "the kind of supreme dereliction of duty that you saw with former President Trump when he refused to tell the mob to go home after he provoked that attack on the Capitol."

Cheney told NBC that her work on the committee has only raised her distress about what unfolded 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 while the attack was underway," she said.

Thousands of Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol, battling with police and sending lawmakers running for their lives after Trump in a fiery speech near the White House repeated his false claims that his election defeat was the result of widespread fraud.

Multiple courts, state election officials and members of Trump's own administration have rejected that claim as untrue.

Trump has been openly flirting with the possibility of running again in 2024 at a series of rallies.

Cheney and Representative Adam Kinzinger, who also serves on the special committee, were among the only 10 Republicans who voted early last year to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 attack.

One police officer who battled rioters on Jan. 6 died the day after the attack and four who guarded the Capitol later died by suicide. Four rioters also died, including a woman who was shot by a police officer while trying to climb through a shattered window. About 140 police officers were injured during the hours-long attack.

U.S. Capitol riot probe to reveal new details on attack, Cheney says
 

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gab nea
gab nea Mar 22, 2022 3:49AM ET
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lock up all the criminals please. so many..
John Doe
ForexInsiders Mar 22, 2022 3:49AM ET
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Yup, thousands upon thousands of BLM and Antifa members deserve to be in jail. I agree
gab nea
gab nea Mar 22, 2022 3:48AM ET
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false claims? you mean lies, right? or is this item biased?
John Laurens
John Laurens Mar 20, 2022 7:24PM ET
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Release ALL the videos and let America decide! Why hide all the “evidence”?
Steve Austin
Steve Austin Mar 20, 2022 6:56PM ET
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Trump 2024 make America racist again
Trevor Roberts
LimitUp Mar 20, 2022 6:56PM ET
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Liberal 101, silence law abiding citizens by shunning through use of atomic words ending in ism
Steve Austin
Steve Austin Mar 20, 2022 6:56PM ET
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Trevor Roberts I voted Republican until 2016
Michael Mcdonough
Michael Mcdonough Mar 20, 2022 6:43PM ET
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How about reporting the Biden family scandal ?
Roger Miller
Roger Miller Mar 20, 2022 1:57PM ET
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If the political elite were as concerned with the safety of the average citizen as much as their own safety, the additional penalties recommended would also apply to politicians who not only failed to discourage, but encouraged the riots and looting in 2020.   They are acting eerily similar to the despot who enacts laws and policies to keep themselves safe from the people they rule over.  Not a sign of a free country.
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I guess Trump will be hoping he gets reinstated until then.
 
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