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Federal Judge Appointed by Dementia Joe Calls Out Corrupt DOJ for Subpoena Double-Standard

(Discern Media)—A federal judge appointed by President Joe Biden, Ana Reyes, criticized the Justice Department’s apparent double standard regarding the enforcement of subpoenas. The criticism came during a hearing on the House Judiciary Committee’s lawsuit, which sought to compel testimony from two DOJ attorneys, Mark Daly and Jack Morgan, as part of its investigation into the Biden family and the impeachment inquiry into the president.

Reyes’ remarks seemed to reference the case of Peter Navarro, a former Trump advisor currently serving a four-month prison sentence for contempt of Congress after refusing to comply with a subpoena related to the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Navarro argued that he could not cooperate with the committee because former President Trump had invoked executive privilege, an argument that lower courts have rejected.

The judge expressed her astonishment at the DOJ’s stance, particularly in light of Navarro’s conviction and the fact that former White House adviser Steve Bannon received a similar sentence for the same charge. “I think it’s quite rich you guys pursue criminal investigations and put people in jail for not showing up,” Reyes said. “And now you guys are flouting those subpoenas.”

Daly and Morgan were subpoenaed for their firsthand knowledge of the Justice Department’s investigation into Hunter Biden’s alleged tax crimes while he served on the board of Ukrainian company Burisma. The committee claims that the team, which included Daly and Morgan, initially recommended charges against Hunter Biden but later reversed their decision, allowing the statute of limitations to expire.

Justice Department attorney James Gilligan attempted to justify the DOJ’s decision to defy the subpoena, citing a Trump-era Office of Legal Counsel opinion that executive branch employees could ignore such subpoenas if Justice Department lawyers were not allowed to be present during their testimony. However, Reyes was unimpressed with this reasoning and was astonished that Gilligan would not commit to instructing Daly and Morgan to testify if the committee were to drop its insistence that government counsel not be in the room for their depositions.

The judge’s criticism highlights the ongoing tensions between the executive and legislative branches and raises questions about the consistency of the Justice Department’s enforcement of subpoenas.

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