Liz Cheney and 18 U.S. Code § 1505

I don’t like her extreme right-wing views, or that her father is one of the most evil and destructive men ever in US government, but I have to tip my hat to Liz Cheney. She has been fearless, and laser focused, in her determination to see justice done in the matter of a wildly scheming defeated president inciting a violent siege of the Capitol building to disrupt a joint session of Congress performing their constitutional duty to ensure the peaceful transition of power.

Here is her recent public statement on a key question before the committee:

“We know hours passed with no action by the president to defend the Congress of the United States from an assault while we were trying to count electoral votes,” Ms. Cheney said. “Mr. Meadows’s testimony will bear on a key question in front of this committee: Did Donald Trump, through action or inaction, corruptly seek to obstruct or impede Congress’s official proceeding to count electoral votes?”

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This tracks the language of a federal criminal statute:

18 U.S. Code § 1505 – Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees

Whoever, with intent to avoid, evade, prevent, or obstruct compliance, in whole or in part, with any civil investigative demand duly and properly made under the Antitrust Civil Process Act, willfully withholds, misrepresents, removes from any place, conceals, covers up, destroys, mutilates, alters, or by other means falsifies any documentary material, answers to written interrogatories, or oral testimony, which is the subject of such demand; or attempts to do so or solicits another to do so; or

Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication influences, obstructs, or impedes or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the law under which any pending proceeding is being had before any department or agency of the United States, or the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation is being had by either House, or any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress—

Shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.

And as far as the definition of corruption goes, here’s Jennifer Rubin’s piece on a recent federal ruling that is very much on point. It’s called A federal court has ruled that obstructing the electoral vote count is illegal. Trump should panic.

Here’s Tucker Carlson, with the GOP rebuttal:

apologies, I was unable to embed FOX’s link to this hard-hitting report

Ms. Cheney has said that the investigation could very well lead to Mr. Trump facing her questions, with criminal penalties hanging over his head if he lies.

“Any communication Mr. Trump has with this committee will be under oath,” Ms. Cheney said this month. “And if he persists in lying then, he will be accountable under the laws of this great nation and subject to criminal penalties for every false word he speaks.”

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