Members of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 uprising expressed disappointment with the Department of Justice (DOJ), which has been slow to respond to recommendations seeking to charge Trump administration aides who have refused to testify or have refused to testify, in violation of the committee’s requirements . Provide documentation.
“The Department of Justice has a responsibility to act on this referral and others we send,” said Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
“Without the enforcement of congressional subpoenas, there is no oversight, and without oversight, there is no accountability—to a former president or any other president, past, present, or future. Congress will cease to be an equal branch of government if its due process is not enforced, The balance of power will change forever, causing lasting damage to the American people,” he said.
Last night, the committee voted to hold the Trump administration’s former trade and manufacturing director Peter Navarro and former communications director Daniel Scavino Jr. in contempt for refusing to comply with the committee’s subpoenas.
“They may be involved in the attack on American democracy, but they can ignore our investigation because they were working for the government at the time. That’s their argument,” Say Committee Chair Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.). “They did not deceive anyone. They are obligated to comply with our investigation. It is a crime for them to refuse to do so.”
So far, the Justice Department has only brought charges against former President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon. It did not respond to similar reports about Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows.
In December 2021, prosecutors overseeing Bannon’s case made it clear that they could bring charges against him within a day, according to Filed in court documents.
“The administration expects its main case to include a day of testimony,” prosecutors said in the report, adding that they want Bannon to be barred from using any defense claiming he was ignoring the House select committee charged with investigating the Jan. 6 incident. ‘s subpoena.
Bannon’s trial is scheduled to begin in June. If convicted, he faces up to two years in prison and a $200,000 fine.
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