'We're not messing around here': Adam Schiff puts subpoenaed Trump aides on notice during MSNBC interview
Speaking with "Sunday Show" host Jonathan Capehart on MSNBC, Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA) explained what Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon can expect from this week from the House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection before delivering a warning to all of Trump's former aides balking at appearing.
"The process on Thursday night, we'll be voting on a report in the committee," Schiff explained. "The report concludes that Bannon should be held in contempt, he failed to appear, he has no reasonable explanation for that failure to appear, and that will then go to the full House. The full House will vote to hold him in criminal contempt, and then the speaker will ultimately refer that contempt to the Justice Department, where the statute says that the Justice Department has the duty to present it to the grand jury."
After correcting himself and saying the vote will be on Tuesday, the California Democrat added, "I don't know the date we will take it up on the floor. We hope to take it up very soon, but we're not messing around here. We're moving very expeditiously. To me, this is an early sign of whether our democracy is recovering, whether it's true that no one is above the law, that the rule of law must apply. So we intend to go after anyone who doesn't provide information that they're lawfully compelled to, to our committee."
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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Sunday encouraged Americans to invoke supernatural powers to stop members of Congress from passing laws.
During an interview with Johnson on Fox News, host Maria Bartiromo noted that Democrats are having disagreements over which items should be included in a spending bill that could fund priorities like child care and education.
"I hope for Democrat gridlock," Johnson explained. "You know, oftentimes in Washington, D.C. gridlock is the better alternative. But when it's Democrat gridlock, pray for it."
"I hope that's exactly what happens," he added.
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" with host Jake Tapper, comedian and social critic Jon Stewart warned that Americans -- and the media -- are spending way too much time focusing on Donald Trump's antics while a great many other dangers to the country are being ignored.
"You were talking a second ago about identifying the weak points in the guardrails of democracy, it's also obvious," host Tapper suggested. "I know you have spoken about this in the past, that Donald Trump has also identified those weak points. He is now endorsing candidates for secretary of state in battleground states, candidates who are all in on the big lie in Arizona."
"I think we make a mistake focusing this all on Donald Trump as though he is -- I don't know, [Marvel comic's] Magneto and some incredible supervillain that has changed the nature and temperature of the United States. He has just been an effective vessel," Stewart replied.
"Again, he is not singing new songs," Stewart continued. "This is something -- he is maybe singing them better than [Barry] Goldwater. But I think it's a mistake to focus it all on this one individual and not to focus it more on the idea that power is its own reward, whether it be in the financial industry or in government. Power doesn't cede itself. Unless we can figure out a better way to balance that power for, you know -- for workers and voters and different groups, we will be vulnerable."
"I don't know that autocracy is purely the domain of Donald Trump," he added.
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