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Biden says those who refuse to testify in Jan. 6 probe should be prosecuted

Reuters
Reuters
 2021-10-16
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Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S. January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith/File Photo

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday the U.S. Justice Department should prosecute people who defy subpoenas to testify before a congressional select committee probing the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.

"I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable," Biden said, referring to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee investigating the riot.

Asked whether he believed the Justice Department should prosecute, Biden told reporters, "I do, yes."

The committee plans to vote on Tuesday on adopting a contempt of Congress report against Steve Bannon, a longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump who has not complied with the committee's subpoena.

Trump urged former aides to refuse to cooperate, citing executive privilege, which legal experts in turn dispute.

If the committee approves the contempt case against Bannon, it would go to a full House vote. From there, the Justice Department and Attorney General Merrick Garland would decide whether to pursue prosecution.

In response to Biden's remarks on Friday, a Justice Department spokesperson told ABC News that the department "will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law."

Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 in an unsuccessful attempt to overturn his election defeat to Biden. Four people died in the violence, more than 100 police officers were injured and four officers in the crowd that day later died of suicide.

The committee has subpoenaed other officials including former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, Trump former chief of staff Mark Meadows, deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino and former Defense Department official Kash Patel.

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NELLIE
10-16

Shitbag Biden should be publicly executed then to make things fair. High Treason against the USA is much more serious than refusing to take part in a Kangaroo Court sponsored by the Democrats.

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republican.
10-16

The 2020 election was rigged. These people are destroying the country, the media are their accomplices. Wake up America, Democrats, The Elites, Big Tech the Media are about to implement the New World Order, it won't be pretty.1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity 2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving 3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else 4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it! 5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the working half is going to take care of them, and when the working half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end for any nation

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Douglas Carlson
10-16

He should be prosecuted for all the illegal edicts he’s been doling out, not too mention the family corruption!!!! Careful Joe he who lives in glass house… we’ll you know, oh wait perhaps you don’t

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