Cheney threatens criminal contempt if Jan. 6 panel subpoenas ignored

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The select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots will “move” criminal contempt charges against anyone who does not comply with its subpoena, said panel vice-president Liz Cheney (R) on Tuesday. -Who.) warned. per Reuters.

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why it matters: It follows reports that former President Trump told former aides and aides to invoke executive privilege and not comply with Congressional requests.

  • committee member representative Adam Schiff (D-California) told CBS On Sunday that panel was “ready to go ahead and urge the Justice Department to criminally prosecute any person who does not perform his lawful duty.”

of note: Cheney told reporters on Tuesday that the panel was unanimously agreed to take prosecutor action if necessary, according to Reuters.

  • “In general, people will have to appear, or … we will bring charges of contempt against them,” Cheney said.
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big picture: The panel last month included former Trump administration aides Mark Meadows, Steve Bannon, Dan Scavino and Kash Patel, as well as 11 people planning a rally ahead of the deadly rebellion for the president.

what to watch: Cheney expects to have statements from Meadows and Patel with the panel this week.

  • “We’ll see if they show up,” she said, per Reuters. “If they show up, we’ll be ready.”
  • Committee already warned If he refuses to co-operate it will “consider further criminal contempt of Congress referral” to Bannon.
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