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Trump accuses Liz Cheney of evidence tampering

By Jake Beardslee · January 2, 2024

In brief…

  • Trump claimed Cheney illegally deleted Jan 6 committee evidence, compromising his defense.
  • He alleged deleted evidence includes his offer of 10k National Guard troops.
  • Trump said deletion also compromises DOJ's Mar-a-Lago probe, should be thrown out.
Donald Trump accused January 6 committee vice chair Liz Cheney of destroying evidence related to investigations into the Capitol riots.  Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America/Wikimedia

Former President Donald Trump claimed in a New Year’s Day post on his social media platform Truth Social that Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney “illegally deleted and destroyed” evidence related to the work of the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 riot on the U.S. Capitol.

Trump accused Cheney, who serves as vice chair of the committee, of an “act of extreme sabotage” that he said makes it “impossible” for his lawyers to properly prepare his defense. He alleged Cheney deleted evidence regarding his offer to deploy 10,000 National Guard troops at the Capitol ahead of the certification of the 2020 presidential election results.

Trump also claimed the deletion compromised the Justice Department’s investigation into his handling of classified documents recovered from his Mar-a-Lago estate. Trump asserted “the ridiculous Deranged Jack Smith case on Immunity…is now completely compromised and should be thrown out and terminated.”