Jamie Raskin Threatens Trump Allies With Sanctions if They Don't Comply With 1/6 Subpoenas

Representative Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, threatened to impose sanctions and fines against allies of former President Donald Trump if they refuse to comply with subpoenas in connection with the House select committee's investigation of the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol.

The House select committee sent out 11 subpoenas this past week, largely to individuals who helped organize the Stop the Steal rally at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, D.C. just ahead of the January 6 assault on the Capitol. Trump spoke at that event and urged his supporters to "march" to the Capitol and "fight like hell." Hundreds of Trump's supporters proceeded to do just that.

"If you get one of these subpoenas, that is not an optional thing," Raskin said about the committee's subpoenas in a Saturday morning interview with MSNBC. The Democratic lawmaker explained that they are "legally mandatory" and that Congress "can coerce your cooperation through criminal contempt or civil contempt or what's called the powers of Congress where we can call people before Congress and fine them and use our own sanctions..."

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Representative Jamie Raskin threatened sanctions and fines against Trump allies refusing to comply with subpoenas as part of the probe into the Capitol riot. Above, Raskin speaks during a hearing by the House select committee on the 1/6 attack, on July 27, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images

Raskin pointed out that this "hasn't been done for a long time." However, he added that, "I don't think anybody should be testing our patience at this point."

"It's just not discretionary or optional. If the government subpoenas documents or testimony from you: you have to testify," the Democratic congressman asserted.

The January 6 House select committee has seven Democratic members and two Republicans—Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. House GOP leaders have refused to participate in the select committee. Kinzinger and Cheney were both selected by Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, as they voted to impeach Trump following the January 6 attack and have continued to vocally condemn the former president.

The pro-Trump insurrection against the Capitol was largely spurred by the former president's groundless claim that the 2020 election was "rigged" or "stolen" in favor of President Joe Biden. Although Trump and his allies continues to promote this conspiracy theory, they have not provided evidence substantiating the extraordinary allegation.

On January 6, the Senate and the House of Representatives met to formally certify the results of the 2020 election. Trump's supporters attacked the Capitol during that process in an apparent effort to block the official certification of Biden's electoral victory. During the violence, Trump suggested he approved of the attackers in a series of tweets before later releasing a video message urging them to go home.

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, with the support of 10 House Republicans, voted to impeach Trump following the assault on the Capitol. A substantial majority of senators, including seven Republicans, then voted to convict Trump of inciting the violence of that day. Although this was the most bipartisan presidential impeachment vote in history, it still fell short of the high constitutional threshold of a two-thirds majority required for a successful "guilty" verdict.

Newsweek reached out to Trump's press office for comment but did not receive a response before publication time.