'Garland, do your job': Jan. 6 committee urges DOJ to take aggressive action against Meadows

'Garland, do your job': Jan. 6 committee urges DOJ to take aggressive action against Meadows
Merrick Garland, image via Screengrab.

The House Select Committee recently expressed frustration over the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) reluctance to hold former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress for his refusal to cooperate with investigators.

According to Politico, the House is now urging the Justice Department to take action against Meadows. Speaking about the Justice Department's actions, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said:

“The Department of Justice has a duty to act on this referral and others that we have sent. Without enforcement of congressional subpoenas, there is no oversight, and without oversight, no accountability — for the former president, or any other president, past, present, or future. Without enforcement of its lawful process, Congress ceases to be a co-equal branch of government.”

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle echoed Schiff's remarks. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) insisted the U.S. Department of Justice should “not apply any doctrine of immunity that might block Congress from fully uncovering and addressing the causes of the January 6th attack.”

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) noted the Jan. 6 com he emphasized that “the Department of Justice needs to do theirs.”

“Attorney General Garland, do your job so we can do ours,” added Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.).

While U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and the DOJ did take swift action to bring contempt charges against former Trump White House trade adviser Steve Bannon, the department has stalled similar efforts to hold Meadows in contempt.

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