Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R.-Ill.) on Sunday states his support for President Biden’s call on the Justice Department to prosecute those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee.
This comes after Biden’s statement on Friday, where he signaled the Justice Department to prosecute those who defy subpoenas. Kinzinger would make his comments the same day after former President Donald Trump’s ally, Steve Bannon, failed to show up for a deposition before the select committee (Axios).
Kinzinger is one of two Republicans on the Jan. 6 subcommittee. He is also a critic of former President Donald Trump. He would comment that Biden’s comments on the matter were appropriate and how “I think he has every right to make it clear where the administration stands. … It says to everybody else coming before the committee, don’t think that you are going to be able to just kind of walk away, and we’re going to forget about you” (The Washington Times).
After these comments were made by Kinzinger, much criticism from other Republicans took place and argued that President Biden was inappropriately interceding in law enforcement proceedings. There is a coming vote on a criminal contempt referral for Bannon, states Kinzinger. He believes this will be a sign for those who have been subpoenaed the seriousness of the investigation taking place.