Trump-allied lawyers may have told Jan. 6 witnesses to give false information: panel – Business Insider
The House January 6 Committee says it uncovered evidence that some lawyers paid by groups connected to former president Donald Trump encouraged witnesses to give “false or misleading” information to the committee.
“One lawyer told a witness that the witness could in certain circumstances tell the committee that she didn’t recall facts when she actually did recall them,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat and member of the panel, said during a hearing presenting the investigation’s findings.
In another instance, Lofgren said a witness was offered potential employment that would her “financially very comfortable” as her appearance before the committee approached. This job offer was, according to Lofgren, made by entities that were “apparently linked to Donald Trump and his associates.”
“These offers were withdrawn or didn’t materialize as the reports of the content of her testimony circulated,” Lofgren said. “The witness believed this was an effort to affect her testimony.”
The committee, Lofgren continued, is “concerned that these efforts may have been a strategy to prevent the committee from finding the truth. A coordinated effort to stymie the committee could potentially amount to obstruction charges.
Lofgren added that the same lawyer who told a witness not to be entirely forthcoming with the committee would not disclose who was paying for their legal services — even when the witness herself asked about the funding.
“He told her, ‘We’re not telling people where funding is coming from right now.'”
The report confirms what lawmakers on the panel have already said publicly, which is that the committee turned over evidence of possible obstruction of its investigation to the Justice Department. The report says that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis also has evidence of possible obstruction. Willis is separately investigating Trump’s efforts to pressure Georgia officials to overturn the state’s election results.
In another episode involving the same lawyer, who was receiving payments from a pro-Trump group, the committee said the lawyer told their client that they should not talk about a subject that reflected poorly on the former president.
“‘No, no, no, no, no. We don’t want to go there. We don’t want to talk about that,'” the report says the lawyer told the witness. The same lawyer also allegedly told the witness that it was not their job to clarify testimony that might not be truthful.
“‘They don’t know what you know’, [witness],” the report quotes the lawyer saying. “‘They don’t know that you can recall some of these things. So you saying ‘I don’t recall’ is an entirely acceptable response to this.'”
According to the committee, the witness decided to terminate their relationship with this lawyer. The committee promised that further details about what could amount to obstruction of a congressional investigation will be made public soon.
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