American News Sep 23, 2021 8:50 PM EST

Adam Schiff suggests 'criminal contempt' charges for people who won't testify before Pelosi's Jan 6 committee

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a member of the select committee investigating the occurrences of January 6 at the nation's Capitol, said Wednesday it's likely formal subpoenas will be issued for witnesses.

Adam Schiff suggests 'criminal contempt' charges for people who won't testify before Pelosi's Jan 6 committee
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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a member of the select committee investigating the occurrences of January 6 at the nation's Capitol, said Wednesday it's likely formal subpoenas will be issued for witnesses. Schiff also iterated he expects the Biden administration to facilitate the proceedings of their investigation.

According to Axios, Schiff told the press in an interview, "We may have additional tools now that we didn't before, including a Justice Department that may be willing to pursue criminal contempt when people deliberately flout compulsory process."

"That will be the most substantial difference between now and what we saw over the last four years," he said, adding: "... we have to anticipate that there are going to be people who don't want to talk because they feel it would incriminate them or incriminate others."

"This administration, like any other, I would not expect them to give us a blank check and say we're going to never assert privilege, or never support an assertion of privilege, But I think the indications are very positive," continued Schiff.

A particular issue is the potential testimony of Don McGahn, an attorney who served as counsel to the White House under former US President Donald Trump.

Reportedly, Democrats on the committee are worried about McGahn's cooperation because he went two whole years locking horns with the Justice Department and refused to testify before the House Judiciary Committee during the "Russiagate" proceedings under the Trump administration.

The select committee launched their investigation in late July with testimony from various Capitol Police officers, however, they have yet to issue any subpoenas as of the date of this writing.

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