Oct 10, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Schiff: Jan. 6 panel could seek prosecutions of Trump aides who don't comply with subpoenas

The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection is prepared to seek criminal prosecutions of aides to former President Trump who refuse to comply with subpoenas, member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

Driving the news: The former president has told former aides and associates to invoke executive privilege and not comply with congressional requests, according to reports.

  • The panel has ordered depositions and documents from former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Former deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino, former Pentagon chief of staff Kash Patel and former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who told the panel he will not cooperate.

What they're saying: "We ... want to make sure that these witnesses come in and testify," Schiff told host Margaret Brennan. "[W]e are prepared to go forward and urge the Justice Department to criminally prosecute anyone who does not do their lawful duty."

Worth noting: President Biden waived executive privilege on the first set of documents produced in response to the committee's requests for information from the White House, press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters last week.

  • “I applaud the Biden administration for not asserting executive privilege,” Schiff told Brennan, “not trying, because it’s protecting its own prerogative, to deprive the American people of the full facts. So hats off to the administration."
  • “We should, I think, get those documents soon because the sitting president has the primary say on executive privilege.”
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