To the Editor: At long last, it appears that the thugs who worked in and for the Trump administration will be held to account. On Nov. 12, a Federal grand jury indicted Steve Bannon on two counts of contempt of Congress for (1) refusing to appear for a deposition and (2) declining to produce documents requested by the House Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
This paves the way to require the 34 other former Trump staffers and allies subpoenaed by the Jan. 6 Committee to either testify to their roles in the insurrection or face criminal prosecution. Hopefully, the Department of Justice isn't done; DOJ should also charge the 13 Trump aides with their recently uncovered violations of the Hatch Act during the 2020 campaign.
I also doubt that the committee is done issuing subpoenas. I fully expect that at least one more will be issued to the insurrection's chief instigator, Donald Trump. Given the former President's penchant for lying, the safest course of action for him would be to invoke his Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer on grounds of self-incrimination.
I wonder how those who cited "the rule of law" in their opposition to illegal immigration now view the misdeeds of this group of criminals.
Retired 28-year DOT Employee
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