Trump and Pence May Be Served With January 6 Subpoenas
January 6 Insurrection Hearing Update: Following the 8-hour deposition of former Attorney Jeffery Rosen by the House Investigation Committee's attorneys, it is possible that a slew of new subpoenas will be served on Ivanka Trump, Jarred Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Jeffrey Clark, and even President Trump and Vice President Pence in the coming weeks.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), according to the New York Times' "Sway" podcast, disclosed that the House Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 insurrection may choose to subpoena Ivanka Trump, Jarred Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Jeffrey Clark, and Jim Jordon (R-OH). But that's not; he may choose to subpoena all of the top players of the previous administration by ordering the former president and vice president to testify about their actions before and during the deadly riot.
Schiff said during the podcast and in various TV and radio interviews the past few days that…
"No one is off the table. Donald Trump gave a daily dose of poison to the body politic."
The committee has already issued subpoenas to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino, ex-adviser Steve Bannon, and Department of Defense official Kash Patel. According to Schiff…
"These are four important witnesses; they're all very close to the former president. Some were in direct communication with him on January 5 on January 6. They are reportedly in communication about how to overturn the results of the election."
In an interview with CNN, the lawmaker said those four witnesses could help…
"Direct our focus on others."
"We'll determine what went wrong in the lead-up to January 6 and we're going to find out who was involved and who was knowledgeable and what roles they played in the planning, what expectation they had of violence, and what the former president was doing,"
"Among the biggest unknowns is what was going on within the White House on Jan. 5 and 6 at that critical time, when our democracy was being threatened with a violent insurrection, so we're not wasting time … we've made a lot of strides in requiring documents that we need for the investigation."
However, Shiff isn't pointing out that virtually everyone who has received a subpeaona, including Steve Bannon, could potentially choose to invoke their 5th Amendment Rights. He's also failing to point out that ignoring the subpoenas could result in just a $1,000 fine and no more than a year in jail. Those penalties could only be enforced if a jury convicts them to refuse to comply with the subpoenas. That would be very hard if just one Trump zealous fan is included on the jury.
The truth is that former President Trump has found out how to rig the system by delaying and loudly spinning falsehoods that one or more members of any jury may believe. Congressional subpoenas rely almost entirely on citizens' good faith, and these people have no good faith. Over the past five years, we have witnessed that integrity and truth have no place in the Trump universe.
In the absence of any effective means of compelling them to comply with the law, Adam Schiff's tough statements are nothing more than bluster on his part. If every one of them has been subpoenaed or brought into Congress by the House Sergeant of Arms and U.S. Marshals invokes their 5th Amendment right, then the travesty of the absence of law and ethics will continue.
Schiff: Those who don't cooperate with January 6 committee will be held in criminal contempt