Jan. 6 panel eying subpoenas to force Republican reps to cooperate

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is eyeing subpoenas to compel Republican lawmakers to cooperate with the probe, according to its chairman, Rep. Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonSunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion Jan. 6 committee asks Ivanka Trump to sit for interview Judge denies Trump spokesman's effort to force Jan. 6 committee to return financial records MORE (D-Miss.).

Asked by co-anchor Dana BashDana BashJan. 6 panel chair says 'significant testimony' shows White House 'had been told to do something' Jan. 6 panel eying subpoenas to force Republican reps to cooperate Hogan says it's 'insane' anyone could watch Jan. 6 and believe it was 'just tourists looking at statues' MORE on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday if the panel is willing to subpoena Reps. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanJan. 6 committee asks Ivanka Trump to sit for interview Rand Paul cancels DirecTV subscription after it drops OAN Sunday shows preview: Democrats' struggle for voting rights bill comes to a head MORE (R-Ohio) and Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryJan. 6 committee asks Ivanka Trump to sit for interview GOP's McCarthy has little incentive to work with Jan. 6 panel McCarthy says he won't cooperate with 'illegitimate' Jan. 6 probe MORE (R-Pa.), who have both so far refused to cooperate with the investigation, Thompson said, “We will look at whatever opportunities we can to get those people to come in.”

Pressed on whether that includes a subpoena, Thompson said, “We will look at it.”

“I'm not going to — I would hope that those individuals who took an oath of office as a member of the Congress would come forward. That's why we have asked them to come voluntarily, and we think coming voluntarily should do it,” Thompson said.

“Now, if not, then, obviously, we will discuss what other options that we will have available to us as a committee,” he added.

Thompson said it is “unfortunate” that the Republican lawmakers “won’t come forward and help us guarantee” an event like Jan. 6 “will never happen again” despite most members acknowledging it was a “very dark day” for the country.

He noted that Jordan spoke with then-President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' On student loans, Biden doesn't have an answer yet Grill company apologizes after sending meatloaf recipe on same day of rock star's death MORE on Jan. 6 and that Perry “tried to replace the current attorney general with somebody else who would do the wishes, bidding of President Trump with respect to the elections.”

Asked during a separate interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday if he thinks the panel will have to subpoena a sitting member of Congress, Thompson told host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddFulton County DA requests special grand jury in Trump election investigation The Memo: Is Trump the GOP's future or in rearview mirror? Carville advises Democrats to 'quit being a whiny party' MORE that if it has the authority to do so, which is currently in question, it probably would.

“I think there's some questions of whether we have the authority to do it. We’re looking at it. If authorities are there, there'll be no reluctance on our part,” he added.

The committee has already issued subpoenas to a number of individuals who are believed to be connected to the Jan. 6 attack, including former Trump chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsHannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump Jan. 6 committee asks Ivanka Trump to sit for interview The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks MORE and former White House adviser Stephen Bannon.

The House voted to hold both men in criminal contempt of Congress for not complying with subpoenas from the select committee. A federal grand jury indicted Bannon in November.

While Meadows provided thousands of pages of documents to the panel, he did not sit for a scheduled deposition. Bannon, on the other hand, has declined to provide documents and failed to appear for a scheduled deposition.