The Department of Justice (DOJ) and White House press secretary Jen Psaki are doing damage control after President Biden advised reporters Friday night that anybody who defies a congressional subpoena should be prosecuted.
The remarks by the president come because the Jan. 6 choose fee is ramping up issuing subpoenas for former President Trump administration officers and others who could have data on Trump’s efforts to research claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Biden advised reporters in a South Lawn gaggle outdoors of Air Force One, “I hope the committee goes after them and holds accountable.” He was referring to people who refuse to adjust to a congressional subpoena.
One reporter adopted up, “Should they be prosecuted?”
“I do, yes,” responded Biden.
DOJ spokesman Anthony Coley responded with a terse assertion Friday night in response to Biden.
“The Department of Justice will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law. Period. Full stop,” stated Coley.
In addition, Psaki tried to make clear Biden’s assertion on Twitter, stating that the president helps the “independent role” of DOJ’s prosecutorial choices.
Former President Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark was subpoenaed by the fee earlier this week for testimony and paperwork.
In addition, former Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen reportedly sat down for an interview with the fee on Wednesday.
“Probably best @POTUS leave this to the AG,” former President Obama adviser David Axelrod additionally tweeted, referring to Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Fox News’ David Spunt and Brie Stimson contributed to this report.