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Mitt Romney Says Trump’s Jan. 6 Call to Witness Probably Wasn’t an Accident

Vice President Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., listens to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. tuesday. (J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press)

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Mitt Romney doesn’t buy the idea that former President Donald Trump accidentally called a witness who could appear before the Jan. 6 House Select Committee.

The Utah Republican called the allegation by Rep. Liz Cheney, the GOP vice chair of the bipartisan panel, made at the end of the committee’s latest hearing “very serious.”

“After our last hearing, President Trump attempted to call a witness in our investigation – a witness you have not yet seen in these hearings. This individual declined to answer or respond to the President’s call. Trump and instead alerted his attorney to the call,” the Wyoming congresswoman said.

“Their lawyer alerted us, and this committee provided this information to the Department of Justice. Let me say once again, we will take any effort to influence the testimony of witnesses very seriously.”

Romney dismissed speculation that Trump may have called the witness by accident, according to The Hill.

“I can’t imagine why he would have a witness on his cell phone, dialing a pocket number, so it’s not very believable. If in fact he was calling a witness, that allegation is very serious,” Romney said.

Since Cheney’s claim, NBC News, citing a source familiar with the matter, reported that the witness is a White House support staff member who was speaking to the committee investigating the Capitol attack.

CNN first reported that the witness worked at the White House.

The employee’s name has not been released. But according to CNN, the White House support staff member in question “was not someone who communicated regularly with the former president.”

The same CNN report noted that the support staff member – who spoke to congressional investigators – was “able to corroborate some of what (former Trump White House aide Cassidy) Hutchinson had said under oath”.

Hutchinson testified that Trump allegedly knew about the threat of violence before Jan. 6, 2021, and didn’t try to stop him, and he allegedly caught a Secret Service officer who didn’t take him to the Capitol that day -the.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the committee, told reporters on Wednesday that the panel was “concerned” about the witness and that it would be up to the Justice Department to determine whether the call amounted to something wrong. ‘illegal.

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Denis Romboy

Dennis Romboy is an editor and reporter for the Deseret News. He’s covered a variety of beats over the years, including state and local government, social issues, and the courts. Originally from Utah, Romboy earned a degree in journalism from the University of Utah. He enjoys cycling, snowboarding and running.

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