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Jan. 6 Committee Tests Congress’s Waning Power to Command Testimony

The dispute over the Jan. 6 House committee’s demand for testimony from Trump aides points to the slow erosion over recent decades of Congress’s power to command compliance

10/16/2021 6:15:00 PM

The dispute over the Jan. 6 House committee’s demand for testimony from Trump aides points to the slow erosion over recent decades of Congress’s power to command compliance

A standoff between Trump associates and a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riots shows how Congress’s powers to conduct investigations in the face of defiant witnesses have eroded sharply in recent years.

has demanded a wide array of Mr. Trump’s presidential records from the National Archives and has subpoenaed the former president’s allies and aides for documents and testimony. Mr. Trump’s lawyers have responded by making untested claims of executive privilege that would bar people outside of government from discussing their conversations with the president.

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Lawyer who aided Trump subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committeeA congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection has set a vote to recommend criminal contempt charges against former White House aide Steve Bannon after he defied the panel's subpoena. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said that the panel will vote next Tuesday to recommend the charges. If the House votes to recommend the contempt charges against Bannon, the Justice Department will ultimately decide whether to prosecute.

Jan. 6 committee to recommend criminal contempt citation for Trump adviser Steve BannonJUST IN: House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol will vote next week to hold Trump political adviser Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress after he did not comply with a subpoena. MeetThePress Anything you say can be held against you. Always ask for a lawyer. Oh, and they would be this conciliatory to us ordinary folk? Send in the US Marshals... NEXT WEEK!!! DO IT NOW FFS!!!

DOJ pledges independence after Biden calls for prosecutions of those who defy Jan. 6 committee subpoenas'The Department of Justice will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law. Period. Full stop.' The DOJ needs to step up. Just get the lead out of your ass, it's been long enough. I wish ours would

Jan. 6 committee agrees to postpone deposition from Patel, Meadows, and ScavinoThe January 6th Select Committee has agreed to postpone the depositions of Kash Patel and Mark Meadows “as they continue to engage with our investigation,” according to a Select Committee Aide. Dan Scavino’s deposition is also delayed because of the delay delivering his subpoena. Patel was scheduled for today and Meadows tomorrow.o Breaking news: Today, October 14, 2026, the House Select Cmte is still investigating the attack that happened on January 6, 2021. No Republican leaders have been arrested or charged so far. More harsh letters to be sent. brooklynmarie Well, there goes your leverage, January6thCmte, for getting anything of substance from these enabling insurrectionists. Engage This...They are professionals at stalling and shirking the law. Go hard or just pack up and go home! MarkMeadows KashPatel

Jan. 6 Committee To Seek Criminal Charges Against Steve BannonBREAKING: The select committee will convene next week to vote on 'adopting a contempt report.'

Jan. 6 panel sets vote on contempt charges against BannonBREAKING: The House Jan. 6 panel sets a contempt vote for Steve Bannon after the former Trump aide defies a subpoena. The committee has demanded documents and testimony from Bannon, who was in touch with President Trump ahead of the violent attack. I know that’s a mask in his hand but it looks disturbingly like panties. 😱 WTF is this voting crap! Arrest him NOW end of story! It’s crazy to me that not only does everyone in the Trump orbit act like the law doesn’t apply to them, but that in most cases it ends up being true.