The January 6th Select Committee is being held accountable for treating Donald Trump and his henchmen with kid gloves instead of going after them for trying to overthrow democracy.

The committee recently issued subpoenas to several Trump associates, including former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former campaign manager Steve Bannon, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Social Media Director Dan Scavino, and former Pentagon official Kash Patel.

Refusing to comply with a subpoena from Congress should result in jail time. But despite Bannon’s refusal to comply because Trump ordered him not to, the committee has not decided to play hardball in response.

That has led GOP strategist Rick Wilson to blast the committee as nothing more than a sham designed to let Trump and his insurrectionist pals escape legal accountability for their seditious conspiracy to overthrow the Constitution.

Indeed, the committee needs to step up and be tough on Trump and his allies. Allowing any of them to skate would ensure that there will be another insurrection attempt. This time lawmakers could actually be assassinated and democracy ended. We would have a right-wing dictator instead of a government elected by the people. Perhaps now would be a good time to compare the January 6th Committee to Neville Chamberlain, because their failure to act now only allows the Nazis to organize a successful coup.

The Capitol insurrection must be taken seriously and that means those who organized, incited, aided and perpetrated it must be arrested, prosecuted, and locked up.

In response, the January 6th Committee insisted that Wilson is wrong.

Wilson, along with many Americans, called out the committee by telling them to prove it.

The deadline to comply with the subpoenas has come and gone, yet Bannon still walks free. Trump is also still walking free despite ordering Bannon to defy a subpoena. I remember when Susan McDougal went to prison for 18 months for not complying with a subpoena to testify during the Whitewater controversy in 1996. It’s time for the committee to bare its teeth and send a message to Trump and everyone connected to him and his insurrection attempt that this is not a game.

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