Joe Biden says call to prosecute those who defy Jan. 6 commission subpoenas was ‘not appropriate’
President Biden acknowledged Thursday night that his request for the Justice Department in order to prosecute those who defy a subpoena issued by the congressional committee investigating Jan. 6 riot, was unconstitutional.
” The way I said it wasn’t appropriate,” Mr. Biden stated at a CNN Town-hall Meeting in Baltimore.
” One of my goals when I ran was to restore the integrity and reputation of the Justice Department ,”, he said. It was corrupted by the previous administration. I should have chosen more carefully my words
Mr. Biden promised that he would never use a telephone to tell the attorney general who he should or shouldn’t prosecute.
Last Friday’s confrontation between Mr. Biden and the Justice Department erupted when he said to reporters that anyone who refuses a subpoena from a commission should be brought before the Justice Department ..
The department responded immediately with a strong-worded statement.
” The Department of Justice makes its own decisions regarding all cases based on the law and facts. It’s that simple. “Full stop,” Justice Department spokesperson Anthony Coley told The Washington Times in an email.
On Thursday, the House approved a referral for contempt for Steve Bannon, former President Trump’s advisor, who refused to comply with the subpoena.
The referral was received at the U.S. Attorney’s Office Thursday evening. Now, the Justice Department is deciding whether to bring charges against Mr. Bannon.
The 19 Subpoenas issued by the committee have been mainly to ex-Trump aides. While Mr. Bannon has obstructed the committee’s authority, other members appear to be making negotiating appearances.
Three people, including two White House staffers Megan Powers (and Hannah Salem), have so far agreed to the subpoenas. Lyndon Brentnall also agreed to appear. His firm was originally hired to provide security for the Ellipse on that day.