January 6: Schiff says panel is considering how to handle uncooperative GOP lawmakers
Rep. Adam Schiff, a member of the House of Representatives investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, said Sunday the panel is considering how to hold accountable GOP lawmakers who have defied their subpoenas .
“We will also consider what the appropriate remedy is for members of Congress to ignore a congressional subpoena, as well as the evidence that was so relevant to our investigation and why we wanted to bring it up,” the California Democrat told CNN’s Jake Tapper. state of the nation.”
“We’ll consider that tomorrow,” Schiff added, noting that the panel had weighed whether it was better to criminally reassign members of Congress to other parts of the federal government or whether Congress should “supervise its own.” Such congressional mechanisms could include censures and referrals to the House Ethics Committee.
Five House Republicans were subpoenaed by the panel Jan. 6: GOP leader Kevin McCarthy and Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania.
The select committee is expected to hold its final public hearing on Monday and release its full report on Wednesday.
The panel is expected to announce that it will refer at least three criminal charges against former President Donald Trump to the Justice Department, including insurgency, obstruction of an official process and conspiracy to defraud the federal government, according to a source familiar with the matter.
The impact that the House referrals could have remains unclear, as the Justice Department’s special counsel probe is already examining Trump in his full-scale Jan. 6 investigation.
But in addition to criminal referrals, Jan. 6 committee chair Bennie Thompson told reporters that the panel could issue five to six other categories of referrals, such as ethics recommendations to the House Ethics Committee, referrals on legal disciplines, and referrals on campaign finance .
“Censorship was something we considered. We considered ethics referrals,” Schiff said Sunday, noting that the committee will announce its decision on Monday.
CNN previously reported that the panel also weighed criminal references to a number of Trump’s closest allies, including former Trump attorney John Eastman, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark, and former Trump Attorney Rudy Giuliani, according to multiple sources.
Schiff reiterated Sunday that he believes there is evidence Trump committed crimes in connection with his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
“Looking at it as a former prosecutor, I think there’s enough evidence to impeach the president,” he said. “The evidence seems pretty solid to me.”
“This is someone who tried in a variety of ways to pressure state officials to find voices that didn’t exist. This is someone who tried to disrupt a joint meeting and even instigated a mob to attack the Capitol. If that’s not criminal, then I don’t know what is,” he added.
Schiff declined to comment on the specific allegations the committee plans to refer to the Justice Department regarding the former president, but made it clear that he believes Trump broke multiple criminal statutes, including one for rioting .
“If you look at the actions of Donald Trump and compare them to the law, it’s a pretty good match,” Schiff told Tapper when asked specifically about an insurgency charge.
“I think the President broke several criminal statutes. And I think you need to be treated like any other American who breaks the law, and that means you need to be prosecuted,” he said.