US President Joe Biden called on Friday to prosecute those who refuse to cooperate with the congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
“I hope the committee will prosecute them and hold them accountable,” Biden told reporters, to whom he reiterated that these people should be “prosecuted.”
Biden’s remarks came as the House Special Committee investigating the attack scheduled a vote Tuesday to despise Steve Bannon, former President Donald Trump’s former chief political strategist, after failing to do one on Thursday to submit planned declaration.
Subsequently, the White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki referred to Biden’s statements and underlined the independent role of the Justice Department in every law enforcement decision, reports the US agency Bloomberg.
Trump has ordered his allies not to participate in the investigation and has threatened to seek an injunction allowing him to exercise executive privilege to prevent investigators from accessing documents or statements from advisors related to the incident in which its supporters violently bullied the Capitol and attempted to disrupt the electoral college vote count in Congress.
The commission has stated that those who refuse to cooperate may be responsible for disregard for Congress, a crime that can result in a fine and up to a year in prison. However, a criminal case would require the entire House of Representatives to forward an indictment to the Justice Department and Attorney General Merrick Garland decides to impose sanctions on the guilty party.
“The Justice Department will make its own independent decisions in all law enforcement operations based solely on fact and the law,” an area spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement.