Biden says Trump aides like Bannon who defy Jan 6 riot subpoenas should be prosecuted

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President Joe Biden has said that anyone who refuses a summons related to the investigation into the January 6 riots should be prosecuted by the Justice Department.

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A reporter asked Mr Biden what his message is to those who refuse the subpoena of the House Select Committee investigating the US Capitol uprising, and he replied, “I hope the committee will go after him and let him know.” Will hold you accountable.”

Asked if he thinks those people should be prosecuted, the president said, “I do, yes.”


Her remarks on Friday came as the select committee announced it would move to refer former President Donald Trump aide Steve Bannon to criminal contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena. CNN.

Last week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki insisted that the DOJ was completely independent in making prosecution decisions, telling reporters at a White House briefing: “It will be up to the Justice Department, and it will be their right to determine that. are an independent agency,” she said. “They are independent. They will determine any decisions on criminal prosecutions. I point you to him and of course to the committee.”

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Department spokesman Anthony Coley echoed his words Friday, saying: “The Department of Justice will make its own independent decisions in all lawsuits based solely on the facts and the law. Duration. Full stop.”

Mr Bannon was due to make a statement before the select committee on Thursday, but his lawyer informed the panel that he would not testify or provide documents until the committee reached an agreement with Trump on executive privileges. or the court would have ruled on the matter. .

Representative Benny Thompson, chairman of the committee, said in a statement: “Mr Bannon has refused to cooperate with the selection committee and has instead hidden behind the former president’s inadequate, blanket, and vague statements that he has sought to implement. Said for

Anyone found guilty of contempt of Congress can face fines and up to a year in prison, but historically, criminal contempt cases have taken years to prosecute and often involve appeals and acquittals. Being derailed.

Representative Jamie Ruskin, a member of the January 6 select committee, said Biden was not instructing the Justice Department to prosecute Bannon.

“The first thing he said was that the committee should aggressively enforce our right to get people’s testimony and to get the documents we presented, and there’s no problem with that,” Ruskin said. Mr. Ruskin said. “I also have no problem with them as a citizen like me, they expect the Justice Department to aggressively enforce the law so that people don’t get away with committing such crimes.”

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