The Justice Department is apparently waffling when it comes to holding Donald Trump and his cronies accountable for trying to overthrow our democracy, and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) is not amused.
Trump and many of his supporters tried to execute an attempted coup on January 6th, with hundreds of them literally storming the Capitol in a scheme to overturn legitimate election results, assassinate lawmakers, and install Trump as a dictator.
In an effort to learn the whole truth about the insurrection, the House January 6th Committee issued subpoenas to Trump officials, including Steve Bannon, who is refusing to comply. The committee is already under fire for not immediately having Bannon arrested for contempt.
Even President Joe Biden is urging action against Bannon for ignoring the subpoena. But it appears that Attorney General Merrick Garland is determined to let Trump and his accomplices skate, making it clear that he doesn’t have the spine to be the nation’s top law enforcement officer.
DOJ spokesperson Anthony Coley pretty much confirmed that in a statement this week.
“DOJ will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law. Period. Full stop,” Coley said.
New: Justice Dept spokesperson Anthony Coley pushes back at Biden re Bannon referral: “DOJ will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law. Period. Full stop.”
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) October 16, 2021
That did not sit well with Lieu, a member of Congress who could have been seriously injured or killed that day as he did his duty to certify the election results. Lieu also rose to the rank of colonel in the Air Force, where he served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
In response to the DOJ statement, Lieu angrily called on the House to enforce the subpoenas without the DOJ since it really does look like the entire department is in Trump’s pocket and supports those who orchestrate the overthrow of our Constitution.
CONGRESS SHOULD NOT NEED TO DEPEND ON ANOTHER BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT TO ENFORCE OUR SUBPOENAS. PERIOD. FULL STOP. We need to pass the inherent contempt bill by @RepRaskin @RepDean @JoeNeguse @RepValDemings @RepCicilline & me. Just like courts, we have our own contempt authority. https://t.co/Fm5Xqb4vuD
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) October 16, 2021
Lieu has every right to be angry as do the American people. Trump and his cronies should have been arrested and charged months ago for their involvement in the attempted coup. Bannon should have been slapped with charges and arrested as soon as he violated the deadline to comply with the congressional subpoena. Now is not the time to slow-walk or debate. Laws were broken. The Constitution was violated. Members of Congress and DOJ officials all took an oath to defend the Constitution and enforce the law. It’s time for them to honor that oath or get the hell out.
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