DOJ asserts independence after Biden urges prosecutions for Jan. 6 subpoena holdouts

The Department of Justice on Friday emphasized that it will make its “own independent decisions in all prosecutions” after President Joe Biden said he hopes the department will prosecute individuals who defy subpoenas from the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

“The Department of Justice will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law. Period. Full stop,” DOJ spokesperson Anthony Coley said.

Just an hour earlier, after departing Marine One, Biden said he hopes the select committee “goes after them and holds them accountable criminally,” referring to people including former Trump administration aides investigators subpoenaed last month. Former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon’s lawyer has told the committee he won’t comply with the congressional subpoena.