January 6 Committee Considering Action Against Lawmakers who Ignored Subpoenas

The committee is looking to penalize lawmakers who refused to aid their investigation.

The committee is looking to penalize lawmakers who refused to aid their investigation.

Today, the committee that was created to investigate the events of the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States capitol is gathering for their final public meeting. At this meeting, the major event is the ultimate vote on whether or not to pursue criminal charges against former United States President Donald Trump for his role in the attack. However, that is not the only matter on the table.

The members of the committee are also considering pursuing legal action against the various lawmakers, mostly GOP-leaning, who refused to answer their subpoenas during their ongoing investigation of the event.

“We will also be considering what’s the appropriate remedy for members of Congress who ignored congressional subpoenas as well as the evidence that was so pertinent to our investigation,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. and a member of the committee, told CNN.

“We have weighed, what is the remedy for members of Congress? Is it a criminal referral to another branch of government or is it better that the Congress police its own?” Schiff said.

Schiff declined to divulge exactly what kind of penalties for the lawmakers in question that the committee is considering, though he did mention that options like censures and referrals to the House Ethics Committee are on the table.

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