Senator Liz Cheney warned Trump aides that if they ignore subpoenas issued by the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot on January 6th, the panel “will move” criminal contempt charges against them.
Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming who was one of the two GOP members that served on the panel, stated that all the other members were in agreement.
“In general, people are going to have to appear, or, you know, we will move contempt charges against them,” she told reporters at the U.S. Capitol.
Late September saw the subpoena issued by the Capitol riot investigation committee to the four former aides of Donald Trump.
Those receiving subpoenas for documents and testimony include former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, former communications official Dan Scavino, and former Defense Department official Kash Patel.
“In general, people are going to have to appear, or, you know, we will move contempt charges against them” https://t.co/9vxumf4F61
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 13, 2021
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Liz Cheney Threatens Contempt Charges For Trump Aides
Liz Cheney’s threat of criminal contempt charges for any Trump aides who defy the committee’s subpoenas echo comments previously made by other panel members.
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Committee member Adam Schiff (D-CA) previously warned that any of the Trump allies who do not comply with the subpoenas will be guilty of “criminal contempt.”
On Sunday, Schiff said the panel was “prepared to go forward and urge the Justice Department to criminally prosecute anyone who does not do their lawful duty.”
The committee also singled out Bannon for criminal contempt if he doesn’t appear for a deposition slated for Thursday.
Rep. Adam Schiff said the Jan. 6 investigative panel is prepared to seek criminal prosecution against former Trump aides — who have been told to invoke executive privilege by the former president — if they refuse to comply with subpoenas. https://t.co/oKnxUIEfs1
— Axios (@axios) October 10, 2021
An early report stated that Trump’s aides knew they were ready to ignore and openly resist the subpoenas of the Jan 6th committee.
The former President’s aides, supposedly at Trump’s direction, were said to be prepared to defy the subpoenas based on executive privilege grounds.
“We will fight the subpoenas on executive privilege and other grounds, for the good of our Country,” Trump wrote in a statement.
SCOOP: Source tells me Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and top aides Scavino, Bannon and Patel are set to defy Jan. 6 committee subpoenas — under instructions from Trump. @GuardianUS https://t.co/a8hQtm5zJ0
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) October 6, 2021
RELATED: Top Trump Aides Will Defy House Select Committee’s January 6 Subpoenas
Cheney: We’ll Be Prepared
Kash Patel and Mark Meadows are due to appear in depositions this week. Cheney assures that the committee is prepared.
“We’ll see if they show up. If they show up, we’ll be prepared,” she said.
“The line that can’t be crossed is what happened after the  election,” says Congresswoman Liz Cheney about her decision to speak openly against Donald Trump, whom she had supported during his 2016 campaign and throughout almost all of his presidency. https://t.co/UXqR98Fcc3 pic.twitter.com/2ao3QlhyxJ
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) September 26, 2021
Lawyers have often wondered if there would be any involvement by the Biden Justice Department if subpoenaed did not comply with orders to produce documents or take depositions.
Mark Osler was a former federal prosecutor and questioned whether any DOJ actions would be seen as politically motivated, given the fact that Biden promised to end politics within the department.
“That’s going to be something that will be considered at the highest levels at DOJ, and what they’re going to consider with any referral like that is how strong of a case is it, and even if it’s readily provable — how important is it that we do this?” he speculated.
Jede sycophant, who defies a congressional subpoena dated January 6, must be tried for criminal contempt.
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) October 9, 2021
Cheney, serving as one of two ‘Never Trump’ Republicans on the committee, said she’s been privately encouraged by colleagues to keep attacking President Trump and his supporters.
The Wyoming Republican is facing a primary challenge from Harriet Hageman, an attorney who received an endorsement from Trump in her bid to replace who he called a “warmonger and disloyal Republican, Liz Cheney.”
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