Jan 6 committee brushes back Rick Wilson after he accuses it of being a 'gutless exercise'
Protesters storm the Capitol and halt a joint session of the 117th Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.. - Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS

The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol on Saturday described criticism of the body's failure to enforce subpoenas as "nonsense."

On Friday, the committee released a statement saying that former chief of staff Mark Meadows and Trump aide Kash Patel are "engaging" with the committee, but that Steve Bannon "has indicated that he will try to hide behind vague references to privileges of the former President." The statement did not mention Dan Scavino, who was the fourth person subpoenaed who had been ordered to turn over documents on Friday.

The statement did not mention the committee using any of the potential legal mechanisms to achieve compliance with the subpoenas. Congress has the ability to arrest those evading compliance, it can also make criminal referrals through the Department of Justice, or seek compliance in civil court.

The lack of enforcement was blasted online by Rick Wilson, the longtime GOP strategist who co-founded the Lincoln Project.

"After multiple calls I have some extremely grim news. As of now 1/6 commission is dead already, and will not enforce the subpoenas. Trump wins. The 1/6 terror plot will go unexamined and unpunished. To say I'm livid is putting it mildly," Wilson wrote in a thread posted to Twitter.

He also had harsh words for Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS).

"This is staffed wrong, led wrong, and a gutless exercise to get back to talking about infrastructure. They're not taking the risk seriously, they're not taking the data before them seriously, and they're eager to run out the clock," Wilson argued. "Livid."

"I'm told that the whole plan is to bring in academics to examine the information from that day, when it should be a [law enforcement/intelligence community] style counterterrorism investigation. The leadership has already decided to slow roll it and write a tsk tsk memo at the end," he said.

Wilson said that the committee was "afraid" of First Amendment protections.

"How about being afraid of a mob coming to fucking kill you? Democrats, never tell me again 'We got this.' Because you don't have this," he charged. "Stay locked in your bubble that the modern GOP won't have a mob of Bannon's terrorists burn you to the ground and p*ss on the ashes. An unpunished coup is a training exercise."

The select committee denied Wilson's charges, claiming it was "all nonsense."

Wilson responded to the committee, urging them to "prove me wrong."

"I want NOTHING more than for y'all to saddle up and start holding bad guys to account. Right now, the bad guys think you're weak and they're laughing at you," Wilson wrote. "So get to it."