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Legal Experts: Justice Department Has Trump Cold Busted On Witness Tampering

At the end of today’s January 6 House Select Committee hearing, Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) made a brief statement in which she accused failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump of attempting to tamper with a witness who has testified before the committee.

Cheney remarked in her closing statement:

“After our last hearing, President Trump tried to call a witness in our investigation — a witness you have not yet seen in these hearingsThat person declined to answer or respond to President Trump’s call, and instead alerted their lawyer to the call. Their lawyer alerted us, and this committee has supplied that information to the Department of Justice.”

“Let me say one more time: We will take any efforts to influence witness testimony very seriously.”

According to legal experts who heard Cheney’s revelation, the Justice Department now has a slam dunk case of witness tampering they can bring against Trump.

Harvard Law professor Lawrence Tribe tweeted out:

“This is HUGE. Jan. 6 committee notifies DOJ that Trump tried tampering with one of its witnesses, Cheney says”

Former White House ethics czar Norm Eisen also weighed in:

“We already knew of multiple apparent incidents of witness intimidation. We just learned that President Trump may have attempted a 3rd.

“18 USC 1512 punishes witness intimidation with fines, imprisonment for not more than 20 years, or both.”

Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, noted:

“Liz Cheney is smart to put down a marker by publicly calling out Trump for reaching out to one of the Committee’s witnesses.”

Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance made it clear that Trump’s actions are a clear sign of his guilt:

“So, Trump tried to call a witness. The witness passed it on to their lawyer & the committee forwarded the information to DOJ. Former presidents are no more entitled to break the law by witness tampering than any other citizen.

“& only the guilty try to tamper with witnesses.”

 Elie Mystal of The Nation was stunned by what Cheney said:

“Wait, did Liz Cheney say Trump *called a witness* and that it’s been referred to the DOJ.

“Did this fool commit witness tampering THIS WEEK???”

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Mark Meadows Caught Tampering With January 6 Witnesses: Report

Even though he’s no longer working for failed, one-term, twice-impeached ex-president Donald Trump, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is still trying to protect his former boss (and himself), but his actions could result in him being charged with witness tampering.

As we learned Tuesday during a public hearing of the January 6 House Select Committee, the panel has discovered that witnesses who have cooperated with the committee received messages from those close to Trump, and one of those was from Meadows, according to Politico:

The Jan. 6 select committee publicly pointed to two communications this week as potential evidence of Trump-world’s efforts to influence witness testimony — without revealing their origin. Both were detailed to the panel by Cassidy Hutchinson, according to a person familiar with the last of her four depositions.

Both of the two slides that the panel revealed at the end of its live hearing with Hutchinson reflected conversations she described to the committee in her final closed-door deposition, this person said. Hutchinson told the committee at the time that, on the eve of her earlier March 7 deposition, an intermediary for former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows contacted her to say that her former boss valued her loyalty.

“[A person] let me know you have your deposition tomorrow,” read a slide that the Jan. 6 committee broadcast at the end of Hutchinson’s hearing, which Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) characterized as pressure on a key witness. “He wants me to let you know that he’s thinking about you. He knows you’re loyal, and you’re going to do the right thing when you go in for your deposition.”

In that slide, Politico reports, the redacted name was that of Meadows, and that could be a big problem for him.

Ben Williamson, a spokesperson for Meadows, denied the former chief of staff had ever done anything wrong:

 “No one from Meadows’ camp, himself or otherwise, has ever attempted to intimidate or shape Ms. Hutchinson’s testimony to the committee. Any phone call or message she is describing is at best deeply misleading.”

Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) told the Washington Post he believes the facts show that witness tampering has indeed taken place:

“The vice chair released two different episodes of potential witness tampering, anonymously, for obvious reasons. We don’t want further intimidation of the same people. But we want this to be a warning to the people who are doing it that they can’t do it. It is a crime and this committee is taking it very seriously.”

Hopefully the Justice Department is doing the same.

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January 6 Committee Appears To Have Evidence Trump Helped Fund Witness Tampering

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol has been following the money and appears to have found evidence that failed, one-term former president Donald Trump helped fund witness tampering, according to a member of the committee.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) was interviewed by CNN host Anderson Cooper on Wednesday evening and was asked:

“The messages shown by Vice-Chair Cheney at the end of yesterday’s hearing seemed to open the door to potential witness tampering. Is the committee in possession of more messages along those lines? Has that evidence been shared with the Justice Department?”

Congresswoman Lofgren replied:

“Let’s just say, we’re concerned.

“As you know, in a prior hearing, we talked about the hundreds of millions of dollars that the former president raised. Some of that money is being used to pay for lawyers for witnesses and it’s not clear that that arrangement is one that is without coercion potential for some of those witnesses.”

She then added:

“So, let’s just say this. It’s a concern and anyone who is trying to dissuade or tamper a witness should be on notice that that’s a crime and we are perfectly prepared to provide any evidence we have to the proper authorities.”

While we’ve thought for months the crime Trump would be charged with in relation to his actions to stage a coup on Jan. 6 might be seditious conspiracy, it now looks like he’s also facing being referred by the Select Committee to the Justice Department for witness tampering, too.

There are more hearings planned next month, and the list of crimes committed by Trump is likely to grow. Things are looking bad for Donald, and it’s way past time for him to be charged, tried, and locked up.

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Trump Suspected Of Witness Tampering In The January 6 Investigation

It now appears that failed, one-term former President Donald Trump may be charged with witness tampering by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

According to the Washington Post:

On Wednesday, the committee’s chairman (Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-MS) pointed to another area of inquiry with both potential criminal implications and an interesting backstory: witness tampering.

At issue is the evolution of remarks made by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who was informed recently that the committee wants him to voluntarily cooperate. In the asking letter sent by the panel to McCarthy, Thompson notes:

“Your public statements regarding January 6th have changed markedly since you met with Trump,” Thompson wrote. “At that meeting, or at any other time, did President Trump or his representatives discuss or suggest what you should say publicly, during the impeachment trial (if called as a witness), or in any later investigation about your conversations with him on January 6th?”

The former president has engaged in a form of witness tampering before, most notably during the Ukraine investigation which resulted in him being impeached:

Trump also has a history of doing things that certainly at least walk up to the line of witness tampering, including a tweet attacking former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch even as she testified at his earlier impeachment, and attacks on Michael Cohen invoking Cohen’s family after the former personal attorney for Trump flipped on him. Yovanovitch called Trump’s tweet “very intimidating” in her testimony, while Cohen postponed his own testimony, citing Trump’s “threats.”

This latest evidence of how Trump allegedly sought to make McCarthy change his recounting of what transpired on Jan. 6 could well be added to a growing list of potential crimes committed by the ex-president in connection with that event.

So far, the committee could well send criminal referrals to the DOJ for Trump that include charges of inciting a riot, interfering in an official proceeding of Congress, sedition, and witness tampering. Any of those would result in the former president spending the remainder of his life in federal prison.

 

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Trump Just Added A Witness Tampering Charge To His Growing List Of Crimes

The list of crimes President Donald Trump is suspected of having committed is already a lengthy one, according to former Assistant Attorney General Jimmy Gurulé, who said on MSNBC last year that he expected the following charges to be brought against Trump by federal prosecutors:

  • Obstruction of justice
  • Violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
  • Violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act dealing with fundraising
  • Violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act
  • Violations of IRS and tax law
  • Money laundering

And now, thanks to documents given to the House Intelligence Committee by Trump’s former attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, you can add witness tampering and suborning perjury.


CNN reports:

“Michael Cohen on Wednesday provided the House Intelligence Committee with new documents showing edits to the false written statement he delivered to Congress in 2017 about the Trump Organization’s pursuit of the Trump Tower Moscow project into the 2016 campaign season, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.”


Those edits were made in the Oval Office by Trump and his attorneys, Cohen said in his testimony before the House Oversight Committee last week, noting:

“There were changes made, additions — Jay Sekulow, for one. There were several changes that were made including how we were going to handle that message, which was — the message of course being — the length of time that the Trump Tower Moscow project stayed and remained alive.”


If those edits were indeed made in the Oval Office by the president and/or his attorneys, that’s the very definition of suborning perjury and also witness tampering. Both of those are federal crimes.

Unlike many who have made claims of criminal behavior by Donald Trump, Cohen is backing up his assertions with hard evidence. He kept the receipts — the canceled checks, the tapes, and other paperwork — that prove what he says happened. And that’s very bad news for Trump.

All of this is yet another brick in the case being built by Congressional investigators that will be used to impeach the traitorous scofflaw current residing in the White House. His downfall cannot possibly happen soon enough.