The Department of Justice (DOJ) and White House press secretary Jen Psaki try to limit the damage after President Biden told reporters on Friday night that anyone who defies a subpoena from Congress should be continued.
The president’s remarks come as the Jan.6 select committee expedites the issuance of subpoenas for former officials in President Trump’s administration and others who may have information about Trump’s efforts to investigate on allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Biden told reporters in a South Lawn group outside of Air Force One, “I hope the committee will prosecute them and hold them accountable.” He was referring to people refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena.
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One reporter continued, “Should they be prosecuted? “
“I do, yes,” Biden replied.
Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley responded with a terse statement Friday night in response to Biden.
“The Department of Justice will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law. Full stop. Full stop,” Coley said.
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Additionally, Psaki attempted to clarify Biden’s statement on Twitter, saying the president supports the “independent role” of DOJ prosecution decisions.
Former President Trump, DOJ official Jeffrey Clark was subpoenaed by the commission earlier this week for testimony and documents.
In addition, former Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen reportedly sat down for an interview with the commission on Wednesday.
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“Probably the best @POTUS is leaving that to the GA,” also tweeted former President Obama adviser David Axelrod, referring to Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Fox News’ David Spunt and Brie Stimson contributed to this report.
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