The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol will aggressively hold Trump associates accountable for refusing to cooperate, member Adam Schiff (D-CA) explained on MSNBC on Wednesday.
"What will you do if the deadline comes and goes for two witnesses who have been subpoenaed and they don't show up?" anchor Nicolle Wallace asked.
"We will move to hold them in criminal contempt," Schiff replied.
"So our committee will produce a report about the efforts that were made to get them to testify," he explained. "We will submit that report and we will call for a vote on the House floor that will send it to the Justice Department."
"Our expectation is they will be prosecuted," he continued. "I think part of the reason why some of these witnesses feel like they can thumb their nose at Congress and the power of the subpoena is for four years that's exactly what they did. And they had an attorney general in Bill Barr who would not enforce the subpoenas because anyone covering up for the president was doing Bill Barr and the president's work and they were not about to hold them accountable."
"But that is a very different situation than today," he noted. "Today we have an attorney general that respects the rule of law, who upholds the principle no one is above the law and we expect those subpoenas to be enforced and enforced with prosecution," he said.
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