December 6, 2021

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DOJ underscores independence after Biden urges prosecutions for Jan. 6 subpoena holdouts – POLITICO

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When pressed on if the Justice Department should prosecute those who defy the subpoenas, Biden said, “I do, yes.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted later Friday evening: “As @POTUS has said many times, January 6th was one of the darkest days in our democracy. He supports the work of the committee and the independent role of the Department of Justice to make any decisions about prosecutions.”

The House panel scheduled a vote to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress on Tuesday. If that vote moves forward, the full House, slated to reconvene next week, will then hold a vote. If the House moves to hold Bannon in contempt, which is likely with Democrats’ slim majority, then the matter will be referred to the U.S. Attorney for Washington D.C. for criminal prosecution.

But how the Justice Department will decide to proceed, and how quickly, is murky. Attorney General Merrick Garland has not indicated how he will handle such matters from the House, though he will likely be pressed on the issue next week when he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee.

Josh Gerstein contributed to this report.

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