US Marshals May Be Used to Enforce House January 6 Subpoenas
The question on most lawmakers and members of the media minds these days is whether Congressional subpoenas have any weight. During both the Obama and Trump administrations ignoring subpoenas became a frequent occurrence. During the Trump Administration, it became an art form.
This week former members of the Trump Administration face deadlines to comply with the U.S. House select January 6th committee. A select committee member, Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and explained how the genetlman subpeoned could be rounded up and arrested by U.S. Marshalls leading the House Sergeant of Arms if they choose to defy the subpoenas.
Rep. Murphy, during the interview, called for fines or jail time for former Trump advisers who ignore the subpoenas for their testimony and documents related to the January 6 insurrection. During the interview, she asked what questions the committee had for former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and others served with the subpoenas…
"I want to know how much planning was involved, who was involved in the planning, who funded it, how they -- what their intent was when they came into that day, and then what they knew as that day unfolded and the safety and security of people like the vice president and members of Congress were at risk, [and] what they did, either to respond or not respond on that occasion,"
"If those four individuals don't show up for their scheduled testimony, they could be taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service."
"We have engaged with a wide variety of law enforcement offices, including the U.S. Marshals, to issue the subpoenas. We will use everything, as you said, with all due respect, we will use all of the agencies and all of the tools at our disposal to issue the subpoenas and enforce them."
The enforcement of these House subpoenas, using the Sergeant of Arms and U.S. Marshalls, has not occurred since the Tea Pot Dome Scandal of the 1920s.
Many historians and political scientists are concerned that if the Democrats in Congress begin arresting people, it will later be abused by Republicans in coming years. Still, the targeting of former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon who left former president's administration in 2017, maybe a wedge - since he's claiming executive privilege and has no claim to it. While not in the administration in the days leading to the January 6th Capitol insurrection, he communicated and encouraged the disgraced twice impeached President to do everything he could, legal and illegal, to overturn the 2020 election.
Morning Joe 10-13-2021