Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) expressed his frustration with both the Department of Justice and the entire criminal justice system that is allowing members of Donald Trump's inner circle to avoid congressional subpoenas on Saturday.
Late Friday, DOJ spokesperson Anthony Coley pushed back at President Joe Biden after he insisted Attorney General Merrick Garland's move forward with all due haste and charge Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon with criminal contempt for ignoring a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Capitol riot.
As the Guardian's Hugo Lowell tweeted, "Justice Dept spokesperson Anthony Coley pushes back at Biden re Bannon referral: "DOJ will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law. Period. Full stop."
That, in turn set, Lieu off, who fired back on Twitter on Saturday afternoon in a predominately all-cap tweet using some of Coley's own words.
"CONGRESS SHOULD NOT NEED TO DEPEND ON ANOTHER BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT TO ENFORCE OUR SUBPOENAS. PERIOD. FULL STOP. We need to pass the inherent contempt bill by @RepRaskin @RepDean @JoeNeguse @RepValDemings @RepCicilline & me. Just like courts, we have our own contempt authority," he wrote.
You can see his tweet below: