Appearing on CNN's "New Day" with hosts Brianna Keilar and John Berman to talk about the altercation between Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) on the House floor on Thursday, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) eventually got back to talking about the work being done by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6th Capitol riot.
In particular, he was asked whether any sitting lawmakers could be subpoenaed as has been done with members of Donald Trump's inner circle.
"If we tell you to come in Friday at 9:00 a.m. and that doesn't work for you because you got a doctor's appointment and you can come in Wednesday at 4:00, well, we can work that out," Raskin explained about the testimony process. "That's one thing. But to do what Steve Bannon did, which is just to blow the whole thing off and to act with sneering derisive contempt toward the whole process puts you in contempt of the U.S. Congress and the people we represent."
"Will the committee subpoena Jim Jordan?" host Keilar asked.
"As far as I know there have been no discussions yet about any members of Congress, that obviously raises different kinds of issues," he replied before adding, "Jim Jordan decided to come forward in the Rules Committee this week and so he established himself as fair game for a whole bunch of questions and he has -- he seems to have admitted in kind of a sideways way that he was in communication with Donald Trump on January 6th."
Continuing, "Seems pretty clear that he was in meetings prior to January 6th," Raskin elaborated. "Look, the bottom line is that we know that there are lots of people in the Republican Party, both elected and unelected, who know a lot of information about the assault on Congress on January 6th, which was the worst violent attack on the U.S. Capitol since the war of 1812, and perhaps the most dangerous assault on American democracy since the Civil War."
"One would think that it would be -- they would understand it is not just a legal duty, but a civic honor for them to be able to render testimony," he continued. "And most of the people we have reached out to, including their fellow insurrectionists have come forward to testify and to give information -- that is their legal duty."
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