'He's thinking about you': Twitter explodes with calls to charge Donald Trump with witness tampering
The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol tweeted after the conclusion of its sixth hearing on Tuesday that unnamed individuals whom they have interviewed may be victims of witness tampering by former President Donald Trump and his associates.
"We commonly ask witnesses connected to Trump whether they have been contacted by anyone attempting to impact testimony," the Select Committee shared on Twitter. "Below are examples of answers we have received to this question."
The statements read:
What they said to me is, as long as I continue to be a team player, they know that I'm on the team, I'm doing the right thing, I'm protecting who I need to protect, you know, I'll continue to stay in the good graces in Trump World. and they have reminded me a couple of times that Trump does read transcripts and just to keep that in mind as I proceeded through my depositions and interviews with the Committee.
[A person] let me know you have your deposition tomorrow. 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.
\u201cWe commonly ask witnesses connected to Trump whether they have been contacted by anyone attempting to impact testimony.\n\nBelow are examples of answers we have received to this question.\u201d— January 6th Committee (@January 6th Committee) 1656442519
"It's a crime to tamper with witnesses. It's a form of obstruction of justice," he said. "The Committee won't tolerate it."
Watch below via CBS News:
Those declarations, however, are not the only instances of potentially criminal intimidation by Trump and his loyalists.
On Tuesday, Trump lashed out at ex-White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson during her explosive testimony before the Committee.
"I hardly know who this person Cassidy Hutchinson, is, other than I heard very negative things about her (a total phony and "leaker"), and when she requested to go with certain others of the team to Florida after my having served a full term in office, I personally turned her request down," Trump wrote on his Twitter-knockoff Truth Social app.
"Why did she want to go with us if she felt we were so terrible?" Trump continued. "I understand that she was very upset and angry that I didn't want her to go, or be a member of the team. She is bad news!"
Read it below via Ron Filipkowski:
\u201chttps://t.co/ryKkEyx46S\u201d— Ron Filipkowski \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Ron Filipkowski \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1656439793
Another possible example occurred in an angry Monday night fit directed at Meadows, coup architect John Eastman, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Alabama), and Stop the Steal organizer Ali Alexander.
"Tomorrow, the Very Unselect Committee, led by RINO Liz (who needs a better hairstylist!!) and her fellow radical Democrats, is holding another witch hunt on tv," Trump seethed on Truth Social. "Whatever is on John Eastman's phone is totally FAKE (planted by Nancy Pelosi and The FBI!!!), and Mark Meadows better not testify against me tomorrow, and if he does, it's all a fat lie. He was a lousy Chief of Staff of always wore too much cologne, just like Mo Brooks and Ali Alexander. Instead of watching this ratings disaster, everyone should watch the movie 'Catch Me If You Can' starring Leonardo DiCaprio. That's a much better piece of fiction! Remember, Trump is much smarter!"
\u201c@January6thCmte @anthropologia File with this targeted threat to Meadows.\u201d— January 6th Committee (@January 6th Committee) 1656442519
Given that witness tampering is a serious federal felony, social media erupted late Tuesday afternoon.
One prominent voice that highlighted the significance of these developments was Meadows' predecessor Mick Mulvaney.
"Cheney's closing is stunning: they think they have evidence of witness tampering and obstruction of justice. There is an old maxim: it's never the crime, it's always the coverup. Things went very badly for the former President today. My guess is that it will get worse from here," he said.
\u201cCheney's closing is stunning: they think they have evidence of witness tampering and obstruction of justice.\nThere is an old maxim: it's never the crime, it's always the coverup.\nThings went very badly for the former President today. My guess is that it will get worse from here\u201d— Mick Mulvaney (@Mick Mulvaney) 1656442617
Mulvaney was not alone.
\u201cCheney\u2019s closing message, after showing statements from witnesses who have communicated threats to cmte from those still close to Trump: \u201cAttempting to influence witnesses to testify untruthfully presents very serious concerns.\u201d\u201d— Jacqueline Alemany (@Jacqueline Alemany) 1656442488
\u201cHOLY FUCKING SHIT WITNESS TAMPERING. WHAT KIND OF SHITHOLE MOBSTER PUTS THAT IN WRITING\u201d— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich) 1656442626
\u201cOh look, witness tampering.\u201d— Angry Staffer \ud83c\udf3b (@Angry Staffer \ud83c\udf3b) 1656442396
\u201cNEW: Jan. 6 committee vice chair Liz Cheney shows that witnesses have been receiving mafia-style calls and messages from people close to Trump telling them the former president knows they will remain \u201cloyal\u201d in depositions. Attempted witness tampering.\u201d— Hugo Lowell (@Hugo Lowell) 1656442446
\u201cEveryone in Trump world involved in witness tampering should be very worried right now.\u201d— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch.com) 1656445587
\u201cThe Jan. 6 Committee has testimony regarding what appears to be witness tampering:\u201d— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin) 1656442524
\u201cThis is witness tampering and obstruction of Justice. @USAO_DC\u201d— Mueller, She Wrote (@Mueller, She Wrote) 1656442958
\u201cTrump\u2019s top aides & allies in Congress asked for pardons.\n\nTrump wanted armed protestors to enter the crowd.\n\nTrump\u2019s circle likely had contact with Proud Boys.\n\nTrump allies engaged in witness tampering.\n\nTrump assaulted a federal agent.\n\nAnd they knew the coup was illegal.\u201d— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen) 1656445447
\u201cSiri: show me witness tampering and obstruction...\u201d— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid \ud83d\ude37 (@Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid \ud83d\ude37) 1656444623
\u201cNow we can add witness tampering and witness intimidation to the list of crimes.\u201d— Ted (@Ted) 1656442545
\u201cThompson & Cheney are making clear: they have evidence of witness tampering by surrogates ofTrump.\u201d— David Folkenflik (@David Folkenflik) 1656442571
\u201cMulvaney, Trump\u2019s third chief of staff, tweets that the last part of today\u2019s hearing suggesting there has been witness tampering may be the most perilous for his ex-boss: "If there is hard evidence, that is a serious problem for the former President."\u201d— Peter Baker (@Peter Baker) 1656443447
Some demanded that investigations be launched into the matter.
\u201cWHOA. Witness tampering! Trump world has been pressuring witnesses. #HATH\u201d— Heather Cox Richardson (TDPR) (@Heather Cox Richardson (TDPR)) 1656442384
\u201cAdd witness tampering to the laundry list of crimes Trump and his allies must be charged with.\u201d— Robert Reich (@Robert Reich) 1656442943
\u201cAgain re-upping my observation from last week. Prosecutors know what constitutes witness tampering and obstruction of justice. In cities across this country they prosecute alleged gang leaders & conspirators for sending messages like this. To ignore this shreds the rule of law.\u201d— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sherrilyn Ifill) 1656442736
\u201cWitness tampering will just be the cherry on trump's rancid treason cake.\n\nArrest that POS mobster.\u201d— BrooklynDad_Defiant!\u262e\ufe0f (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!\u262e\ufe0f) 1656444374
\u201cPretty safe bet there will be referrals to DOJ for witness tampering based on that last revelation from Cheney. Remarkably stupid behavior.\u201d— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1656442557
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