Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Vote Note on Steve Bannon

October 21, 2021
Vote Notes on Legislation


A congressional subpoena is different than a normal subpoena.  A normal subpoena requires a judicial hearing to determine if there is legal cause to issue it.  A congressional subpoena has no such check, so the reasons for a congressional subpoena are limited to Congress’ oversight responsibilities over the bureaucracy and to inform its legislative duties.  

Congress has no authority to issue subpoenas merely to find out who did what to whom.  That’s what it is doing here, by the admission of its own members.  Since Congress has no authority to issue such a subpoena, a respondent has no obligation to respect it.