Biden Tells DOJ: Sue Those Who Don't Testify In Jan. 6 Probe
US President Joe Biden said on Friday (Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Manila) the Justice Department should prosecute people who are subpoenaed by a congressional select committee probing the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol but refuse to testify, Nandita Bose reported for Reuters.
Photo Insert: President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the July Jobs report
"I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable,” Biden said when asked by reporters at the White House about those defying the subpoenas issued by the US House of Representatives Select Committee investigating the riot.
Asked whether he believed the Justice Department should prosecute those defying subpoenas, Biden said, "I do, yes."
The committee said on Thursday it would convene a business meeting on Tuesday to vote on adopting a contempt report against Steve Bannon, a longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump.
It said Bannon had refused to cooperate with its investigation, claiming he is covered by Trump’s executive privilege even if he was fired in 2017 and Trump is no longer president.
It added that Trump may even be summoned by the panel since he goaded his followers to protest at the US Capitol but denied any responsibility for the attack, just as he rejected any responsibility for the $8-trillion debt he added to the US deficit because of his much-ballyhooed tax cut for the rich.