'The committee's investigation is at stake!' CNN panel burns DOJ for slow-walking Bannon indictment
Merrick Garland (Screen Capture)

On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," a panel discussed the new wave of subpoenas against Trump allies from the January 6 House Select Committee — and the DOJ's current failure to act on the committee's criminal referral.

"The Department of Justice ... still hasn't taken action on Steve Bannon's criminal contempt referral for refusing to cooperate with the committee," said anchor Wolf Blitzer, turning to analyst Gloria Borger. "Just today, Merrick Garland refused to say whether Bannon will be prosecuted. Is the committee's credibility at stake?"

"Well, the committee's investigation is at stake," said Borger. "Getting to the bottom of who funded January 6th, who was behind it, what was the president's role exactly in January 6th. That's all at stake. I mean, this is historic in this country. This insurrection is something that we should all never forget and we need to find out about how it occurred, and I think that is at stake and that is so important in terms of making sure that something like this cannot happen again. And so yes, congressional oversight is at stake."

Blitzer turned to former Gov. John Kasich (R-OH). "What's your message to some of the members of your own Republican Party who are actually happy to let these witnesses off the hook?"

"Unfortunately, that ship has sailed and it's like they live in some dystopian world here," said Kasich. "There have been members of Congress who have said these were just some unruly visitors to the Capitol. I suppose if you can make things up and keep repeating the same lie over and over again, somehow you know, people come to believe it. But this is the problem we have in America, with people being trapped in the same silo and they just keep telling each other exactly what they want to hear and they ignore any of the facts or evidence. It's a sad day, Wolf. Those who believe we need to get to the bottom of it, we just got to keep speaking out."

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