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Schiff Suggests Criminal Contempt Charges Possible For Noncooperation In Probe

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House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff is threatening possible criminal contempt charges for anyone who refuses to cooperate in his committee’s investigation into the incident at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

“So far what we’ve seen from the Biden administration has been very encouraging,” Schiff said at an event sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, The Hill reported.

“Certainly there will be some who will not be cooperating with us, and I’m not referring to the current administration, but members of the past administration. We have to anticipate that,” he said.

“And … until we have passage of the Protect Our Democracy Act, there’ll still be opportunities [for those people] to draw things out in court. So that is a concern. But we may have additional tools now that we didn’t before, including a Justice Department that may be willing to pursue criminal contempt when people deliberately flout compulsory process,” Schiff continued.

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“Introduced earlier in the week, the Protect Our Democracy Act aims to rein in executive power after four years of Democrats accusing former President Trump of abusing his authority. Among its central provisions, the bill would expedite congressional subpoenas, in an effort to prevent administration stonewalling, and put new limits on presidential pardons,” The Hill reported.

A significant majority of Republicans believe that liberal activists deserve more blame for the January 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol.

According to a survey from Public Religion Research Institute, 61 percent of Republicans place a lot of responsibility for the incident on liberal activists and Democrats.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats’ January 6 commission is already starting to take some heat.

According to an NBC News poll, only 59% say they are concerned about the protest on January 6 at the U.S. Capitol.

However, 40% say they are either just “somewhat concerned” (14 percent) or not concerned at all (26 percent).

A recent poll from Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey showed that 58 percent of voters believe her commission is biased towards Democrats, The Hill reported.

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“Americans want an examination of the riots over the summer and the origins of the virus over investigating Jan. 6th,” co-director of the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey, Mark Penn, said. “The voters reject the Pelosi move to toss Republicans off of the committee and see it now as just a partisan exercise.”

The poll came after Pelosi would not seat Republican Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks on the committee.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy responded by removing all of his Republican appointees from the committee, leaving Speaker Pelosi to select two anti-Donald Trump Republicans, Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, to represent the GOP.

They were appointed, with three other Republicans, by McCarthy days ago in an effort to cooperate with the Democrat-led committee as he was requested to do.

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Back in July, Fox News host Tucker Carlson delivered a powerful segment asking a slew of important questions about Pelosi’s political investigation into January 6.

“Every American has the right to hear the answers and hear them immediately. January 6th is being used as a pretext to strip millions of disfavored Americans of their core constitutional rights,” Carlson said.

“We are witnessing the most aggressive crackdown on civil liberties in our lifetime — that is not an exaggeration. Yet, thanks to Nancy Pelosi, the January 6th committee will now operate as she wants the country to operate — as a one-party state,” he added.

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