Now that the House Special Select Committee investigating the January 6th attacks on the Capitol has issued its first round of subpoenas, one member of the committee is warning those recipients to abide by the law and appear as summoned.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) told Chris Hayes on Friday’s edition of “All In with Chris Hayes” exactly what the consequences would be should any of the four–former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino, former Oval Office adviser Steve Bannon, and Kashyap Patel, a former chief of staff to then-Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller–decide to take it upon themselves to simply skip a Congressional subpoena.
“We’re going to subpoena them, they’re going to follow the law,” Rep. Raskin told Hayes. “That’s it. If any of them think they are going to be able to slither away from this, they should be wondering about the information we’ve already got within our possession,” he said.
Now that the Jan. 6 select committee has issued subpoenas to Mark Meadows, Dan Scavino, Steve Bannon and Kash Patel, the question is: What will the committee do if these former Trump administration officials ignore the subpoenas?
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) September 24, 2021
In July, the committee held an emotional first round of hearings with four police officers who battled the insurrectionists and were injured and verbally abused as the rioters broke into the building after Trump’s repeated lies about widespread election fraud. This next round will be much different, with speculation abounding that they will all invoke their Fifth Amendment rights during questioning.
New: Jan. 6 committee chair Bennie Thompson says he will do “whatever the laws allows us to do” to enforce subpoenas against Trump White House chief Meadows and top aides — including contempt proceedings.
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) September 24, 2021
But if Rep. Raskin’s performance from Trump’s second impeachment trial is any indicator, the first four Republicans to be called as material witnesses to Trump’s actions in the days leading up to January 6th can expect to be thoroughly grilled, and quite often invoking the Fifth just serves to point to one’s own guilt.
The Jan 6 committee chairman announced that they will absolutely charge those ignoring their subpoenas with contempt of congress & have them arrested! Who else thinks it’s about time!
— Grandma Grit 🌎 (@grandmagrit) September 25, 2021
Watch Rep. Jamie Raskin’s full and fiery conversation with Chris Hayes, below.