Thompson: Jan. 6 panel will issue ‘criminal referrals’ for subpoena defiers

The committee, which is investigating the January 6 insurrection and former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overthrow the 2020 election, will issue “criminal referrals” to witnesses who refuse to meet subpoena deadlines, Chairman Bennie said Thompson on Friday.

“The committee is likely to conduct criminal referrals for those who are not willing to volunteer and run that process,” Thompson told reporters at the Capitol.

In a brief interview, he said the panel began interviewing people on Friday who had volunteered to collaborate on the investigation. More subpoenas would be issued shortly, he said.

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