Rep. Jamie Raskin said he was “impatient” with the slow pace of the Department of Justice and its investigation into the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.
The Maryland Democrat voiced his concerns during an interview Friday with SiriusXM, per The Hill. His statement got here sooner or later after the House select committee, which is probing former President Donald Trump’s irresponsible inaction throughout the rebellion, concluded its final hearing of the summer.
“Obviously I’m impatient,” said Raskin, a majority member of the House committee. “We don’t have a number of time actually in Congress to do our work because at the tip of this Congress, we’re over.”
The House committee on Jan. 6 is tasked to garner evidence, draft a report and issue recommendations to the DOJ to stop future insurrections. The DOJ, which is conducting its own probe into the riot, holds the authority to press criminal charges.
Raskin is worried time is running out for the House panel, as a latest Congress will take hold in January 2022. He said he hopes his committee can finish the job before yr’s end, telling SiriusXM the panel is “in a rush, but we’re also in a rush for America because we gotta cope with individuals who attack the constitutional order before the 2024 election.”
Rep. Jamie Raskin’s (D-Md.) comments got here sooner or later after the House select committee held its final hearing into the Jan. 6 rebellion for the summer.
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“And we’re still in front of the 2022 election so I would love to see some motion there, but beyond that, I don’t really need to say rather more because Merrick Garland is my constituent and I don’t beat up on my constituent.”
Garland, the U.S. attorney general, commented on the DOJ probe himself this week. He said it was “probably the most wide-ranging investigation and a very powerful investigation that the justice department has ever entered into.”
Garland added that each citizen ought to be concerned in regards to the state of America’s democracy, and said that investigators shouldered an unlimited duty to carry everyone criminally responsible to account while also doing so with integrity and professionalism.
“Now we have to get this right,” said Garland.
Raskin isn’t the primary committee member to publicly voice his frustration with the investigation.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ailing.) told Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” last month the DOJ “did not indict” former Trump While House chief of staff Mark Meadows, in addition to Trump’s former social media director Dan Scavino, with contempt of Congress — after the panel advisable as much.
“And so all it does is send a message you only need to resist the select committee and you could find a way to withstand all penalties,” he told Colbert.