Dem lawmaker floats having House Sergeant-at-Arms arrest subpoena defiers as Merrick Garland drags his feet
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Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) on Monday suggested that Congress should go back to an old policy of instructing the House Sergeant-at-Arms to detain people who defy congressional subpoenas.

Appearing on MSNBC, Connolly laid out how such a process would work.

"So we used to have a process, until 1930, from the beginning of the republic to 1930, in which Congress enforced its own compulsory testimonies," he said. "That meant that, if necessary, we sent the Sergeant-at-Arms... and arrested people and detained them until they cooperated with the congressional subpoena."

Connolly's statement comes as lawmakers are still waiting for Attorney General Merrick Garland to slap Trump ally Steve Bannon with criminal contempt charges after he brazenly refused to comply with a subpoena from the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riot.

Host Nicolle Wallace asked if Connolly had "seen enough" of the DOJ dragging its feet on indicting Bannon.

"I think the Justice Department takes too long," he said. "And I think the courts take too long."

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