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Rep. Cheney says ‘it is absolutely clear that what President Trump was doing … was unlawful’

By Daniella Diaz, CNN

Rep. Liz Cheney said Sunday that the House select committee investigating the January 6th insurrection has “not made a decision” on criminal referrals to the Department of Justice, but she added it was “absolutely clear” that former President Donald Trump and a number of people around him knew their actions were “unlawful” but “did it anyway.”

“I think what we have seen is a massive and well-organized and well-planned effort that used multiple tools to try to overturn an election,” the Wyoming Republican told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”

Cheney, who serves on the committee, also pushed back on a Sunday New York Times article which said the committee is split on whether to refer Trump for criminal contempt, saying “There’s not really a dispute on the committee.”

“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,” she said. “I wouldn’t characterize there being a dispute on the committee. I think it is the single most collaborative committee on which I’ve ever served.”

When asked about the committee’s interview with Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, Cheney said “her testimony was helpful,” but did not provide further detail. Ivanka Trump voluntarily met with the committee for close to eight hours last week.

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