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Jan. 6 panel preps to pressure Justice Department for action on subpoena dodging Trump allies

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Attorney General Merrick Garland is facing yet another critical test of whether he's up to the job of safeguarding American democracy in perilous times.

Trump ally and former aide Steve Bannon is openly defying a subpoena from the Select Committee investigating Jan. 6, and to date three other Trump aides appear poised to simply ignore subpoenas from the panel.

Bannon is scheduled for a deposition with the panel Thursday and, given his blood-sucking desperation for attention and martyrdom, he's guaranteed to skip it.

Not surprisingly, Democrats on the Jan. 6 committee are already anticipating Bannon's defiance and beginning to lobby for the backing they'll need from Garland's Justice Department to pressure Bannon should they make a criminal referral.

“We are prepared to go forward and urge the Justice Department to criminally prosecute anyone who does not do their lawful duty," said Rep. Adam Schiff of California, a member of the........

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