Biden Calls for the Prosecution of Anyone Refusing Subpoenas in the Jan. 6th Riot Investigation

We recently discussed the troubling declaration of guilt made by President Joe Biden at the start of the investigation into border agents allegedly whipping or “strapping” undocumented Haitians trying to enter the country. The statement shattered the integrity of the investigation as well as the reputation of the federal agents. Now, President Biden has called for the Select Committee looking into the Jan. 6th riot to hold those who refuse subpoenas in contempt and for his Department of Justice to prosecute them.

During the Trump Administration, many of us criticized the President for commenting on pending investigations and crossing the line on seeking to influence the Justice Department. A chorus of legal experts declared such public comments to be an attack on the rule of law and the integrity of the Justice Department. Those voices have been largely silent on Biden’s own comments.

Any contempt prosecution would be handled by the Justice Department. I have long been critical of its handling of such cases. However, Biden’s call ignores the fact that most of the Democratic leadership in the House supported the Obama Administration in refusing to even submit contempt cases to grand juries. That was the case with Eric Holder who was in flagrant contempt of House subpoenas in the “Fast and Furious” investigation. If the Democrats seek the prosecution of these Trump officials, they will have to step over a mountain of hypocrisy on such cases.

Of course, such hypocrisy has never been a major obstacle for either party. Indeed, Holder himself seemed immune from the shame of hypocrisy during his calls for total transparency in the Mueller investigation.

Calling for prosecutions as President is always problematic and unwise, particularly given the still unfolding matter before the Select Committee. This is a fairly early stage in such conflicts. There is often some line drawing and then some negotiations on the narrowing of inquiries and the waiver of objections. That may not succeed in this case.  With the 2022 midterms looming, the Democrats are at risk of losing the House and these subpoenas may die on the vine. Yet, it is unlikely that there could be any prosecution decision made before the election anyway without an abnormal and reckless rush by the Garland Justice Department.

This matter has not been resolved in Congress, let alone reached any decision stage at the Justice Department. The President should retract his statement and allow the process to work.

 

105 thoughts on “Biden Calls for the Prosecution of Anyone Refusing Subpoenas in the Jan. 6th Riot Investigation”

  1. Turley says:

    “During the Trump Administration, many of us criticized the President for commenting on pending investigations and crossing the line on seeking to influence the Justice Department.”

    Turley is rightly criticizing Biden for making the same transgression as did Trump. Let’s not forget, however, that Trump was far worse in this regard as Turley references in an earlier article to which he linked:

    “What is clear is that Barr proved a critical fire wall for the Department at one of its most chaotic and challenging periods.”

    It remains to be seen whether Turley will say the same thing about Biden if and when Garland departs as he did about Trump when Barr did.

    Turley says:

    “If the Democrats seek the prosecution of these Trump officials, they will have to step over a mountain of hypocrisy on such cases. Of course, such hypocrisy has never been a major obstacle for either party. Indeed, Holder himself seemed immune from the shame of hypocrisy during his calls for total transparency in the Mueller investigation.”

    It’s encouraging that Turley believes that shaming ALL hypocrites is good. That is what I have been doing to Turley. Shaming him for his own hypocrisies.

    For instance, he correctly points out the scourge of “advocacy journalism” at CNN and MSNBC, but he has NEVER ONCE criticized “advocacy journalism” at Fox News, Newsmax or One America Network.

    Can anyone HONESTLY deny that these 3 Rightwing networks have not advocated on behalf of Trump?

    And yet crickets from Turley.

    Hypocrisy. Shame on Turley.

    1. JS “It’s encouraging that Turley believes that shaming ALL hypocrites is good. That is what I have been doing to Turley. Shaming him for his own hypocrisies.”

      +++

      Spoken like a true Whoopie Cushion.

      1. Young,

        I see that you are not going to let up on this childish insult. Actually, this time it brought a smile to my face since your repetitiveness is becoming amusing!

          1. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I prefer you to stick to just saying “whoopie cushion” to demonstrate to everyone how immature you have become.

        1. I’m flattered to see you copy-cat my early comments to you about smiling after reading your posts. I’ve also noticed that you increasingly try to acknowlege the merits of someone else’s commentary before you engage in your practiced comdescension. If Prof. Turley is such a hypocrite, why do you spend so many hours on this website?

  2. In that meeting at the White House, Trump approved the activation of the D.C. National Guard and also told the acting defense secretary to take whatever action needed as events unfolded, according to the information obtained by the AP.

    So what’s with the lie, that the President intentionally delayed the NG?

  3. According to Epstein’s Second Law of Democrat behavior, Democrats are terrified that they will lose their death grip on political power. So terrified that they will do anything to maintain that power. Literally anything.

    The latest example? Democrats are petrified that their anointed candidate will lose the Virginia governor’s election. A seat in the heart of the Beltway progressive bubble. A throne that, under their faith, is theirs by divine right.

    They are so terrified that they sent a campaign commercial narrated by Kamala Harris supporting the Democrat candidate to 300 black churches so it could be played at their services. So desperate that they to decided to disregard IRC 501(c)(3), which absolutely prohibits tax exempt charitable organizations from supporting political candidates.

    Actually, the Democrats have good reason not to be terrified, at least about the churches’ tax exempt status. Why? Because they know that there are two sets of laws of this country. Their goal? To grab the Governor’s throne by any means necessary. Then what? They’ll get the party apparatchiks and media sycophants to sort it all out, just like they did for Governor Coonman (he of the blackface, or was he the one in the KKK suit? Either way he sure had a great med school nickname) when they realized that his ouster would lead to the appointment of a Republican governor.

    Equally shocking is that Kamala Harris, she of the devout piety and life-long support for Christian values, threw her support behind this action. As an experienced lawyer, long time prosecutor, and lifetime politician one might have thought that she would have a basic familiarity with these basic requirements. In fairness, maybe she has been busy solving the border crisis, so she might be a little distracted. Either way, Harris should resign.

    1. “Out of chaos, comes order.”

      – Friedrich Nietzsche
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      Democrats (i.e. communists) can’t lose.

      Democrats can only destroy the country.

      That is precisely what they intend to do.
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      “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the people discover they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always

      votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy–to be followed by a dictatorship.”

      – Alexis de Tocqueville/Alexander Fraser Tytler
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      Americans are vanishing under a fertility rate in a “death spiral” and democrats (i.e. communists) continue to force-feed the nation with illegal alien and hyphenate (i.e. communist) voters.

      Americans will never win another election and democracy will collapse.

      The dictatorship of the monarchy that the Founders abrogated will soon be replaced by “the dictatorship of the proletariat.”

      The Founders gave Americans the one and only thing they could: Freedom.

      Americans rejected it.

    2. Re: Coonman – he was the one in the KKK outfit. If it was simply the blackface he would have atoned for his wrong and moved on. No atonement for showing up in a KKK outfit.

  4. LET’S GO, BRANDON!!!

    Joe Biden intends to prosecute all actual Americans who refuse to support the eminently unconstitutional communist (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) American welfare state. The American Founders prohibited and protected Americans from dictatorship, be it of the monarchical, communist or despotic variety. The Founders gave Americans the one and only thing they could: Freedom. You rejected it. You opted for “the dictatorship of the proletariat,” for enslavement by a government that “provides” everything – womb to tomb.

    The entire communistic American welfare state is unconstitutional including, but not limited to, matriculation affirmative action, grade-inflation affirmative action, employment affirmative action, quotas, welfare, food stamps, minimum wage, rent control, social services, forced busing, public housing, utility subsidies, WIC, SNAP, TANF, HAMP, HARP, TARP, HHS, HUD, Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Labor, Energy, Obamacare, Social Security, Social Security Disability, Social Security Supplemental Income, Medicare, Medicaid, “Fair Housing” laws, “Non-Discrimination” laws, etc.

    Article 1, Section 8, provides Congress the power to tax ONLY for “…general Welfare…,” omitting and, thereby, excluding any power to tax for individual welfare, specific welfare, small-group welfare, redistribution of wealth or charity. The same article provides Congress the power to regulate ONLY money, the “flow” of commerce, and land and naval Forces. Additionally, the 5th Amendment right to private property is not qualified by the Constitution and is, therefore, absolute, allowing Congress no power to claim or exercise dominion over private property, the sole exception being the power to “take” private property for public use.

    Government exists, under the Constitution and Bill of Rights, to provide maximal freedom to individuals while it is severely limited and restricted to merely facilitating said maximal freedom of individuals through the provision of security and infrastructure.
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    “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

    – Declaration of Independence, 1776

    1. Communism did not exist when the Founding Fathers we’re around. Not when the Founding Mother’s were are around either. What the Founders opposed were the Brits, King and Queeny, and Royalty
      Today’s media should quit spending time showing the dumb Royals of England. Harry this and Phillip that

      1. Karl Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto 59 years after the adoption of the Constitution because none of the principles of the Communist Manifesto were in the Constitution.

        Had the principles of the Communist Manifesto been in the Constitution, Karl Marx would have had no reason to write the Communist Manifesto.

        The principles of the Communist Manifesto were not in the Constitution then and the principles of the Communist Manifesto are not in the Constitution now.

        The entire communistic American welfare state is unconstitutional.

  5. OT: Morality in Washington seems not to exist.

    Panorama Education, Co-Founded By U.S. AG Merrick Garland’s Son-In-Law, Contracted With 23,000 Public Schools & Raised $76M From Investors

    Last week, AG Garland sent a memo to the head of the FBI, directing him to work with local law enforcement “to address threats against school administrators, board members, teachers and staff.”

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2021/10/12/panorama-education-owned-by-us-ag-merrick-garlands-son-in-law-contracted-with-23000-public-schools-for-social–emotional-climate-surveys/?sh=c28fe674e60b

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