BREAKING: A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has voted unanimously to hold former White House aide Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress . Bannon has defied a subpoena for documents and testimony.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection voted unanimously Tuesday to hold former White House aide Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress after the longtime ally of former President Donald Trump defied a subpoena for documents and testimony.
Bannon and others not to answer questions in the probe. Trump has also filed a lawsuit to try to prevent Congress from obtaining former White House documents.ADVERTISEMENTBut lawmakers have made clear they will not back down as they gather facts and testimony about the attack involving Trump’s supporters that left dozens of police officers injured, sent lawmakers running for their lives and interrupted the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.
The committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said Tuesday that Bannon “stands alone in his complete defiance of our subpoena” and the panel will not take no for an answer.He said that while Bannon may be “willing to be a martyr to the disgraceful cause of whitewashing what happened on January 6th — of demonstrating his complete loyalty to the former President,” the contempt vote is a warning to other witnesses.
“We won’t be deterred. We won’t be distracted. And we won’t be delayed,” Thompson added.The Tuesday evening vote sends the contempt resolution to the full House, which is expected to vote on the measure Thursday. House approval would send the matter to the Justice Department, which would then decide whether to pursue criminal charges against Bannon. headtopics.com
The contempt resolution asserts that the former Trump aide and podcast host has no legal standing to rebuff the committee — even as Trump’s lawyer has argued that Bannon should not disclose information because it is protected by the privilege of the former president’s office. The committee noted that Bannon, fired from his White House job in 2017, was a private citizen when he spoke to Trump ahead of the attack. And Trump has not asserted any such executive privilege claims to the panel itself, lawmakers said.
ADVERTISEMENTWyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, one of just two Republicans on the committee, said: “Mr. Bannon’s and Mr. Trump’s privilege arguments do appear to reveal one thing, however: They suggest that President Trump was personally involved in the planning and execution of January 6th. And we will get to the bottom of that.”
The committee says it is pursuing Bannon’s testimony because of his apparent role in the events of Jan. 6, including his communications with Trump ahead of the siege, his efforts to get the former president to focus on Jan. 6, the day Congress certified the presidential vote, and his comments on Jan. 5 that “all hell is going to break loose” the next day.
Bannon “appears to have had multiple roles relevant to this investigation, including his role in constructing and participating in the ‘stop the steal’ public relations effort that motivated the attack” and “his efforts to plan political and other activity in advance of January 6th,” the committee wrote in the resolution recommending contempt. headtopics.com
The Biden White House has rejected Bannon’s claims, with Deputy Counsel Jonathan Su writing Bannon’s lawyer this week to say that “at this point we are not aware of any basis for your client’s refusal to appear for a deposition.” Biden’s judgment that executive privilege is not justified, Su wrote, “applies to your client’s deposition testimony and to any documents your client may possess.”
Asked last week if the Justice Department should prosecute those who refuse to testify, Biden said yes. But the Justice Department quickly pushed back, with a spokesman saying the department would make its own decisions.While Bannon has said he needs a court order before complying with his subpoena, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and former White House and Pentagon aide Kashyap Patel have been negotiating with the committee. It is unclear whether a fourth former White House aide, Dan Scavino, will comply.
Full Coverage:The committee has also subpoenaed more than a dozen people who helped plan Trump rallies ahead of the siege, and some of them are already turning over documents and giving testimony.The vote came a day after Trumpsued the committeeand the National Archives to fight the release of documents the committee has requested. Trump’s lawsuit, filed after Biden said he’d allow the documents’ release, claims that the panel’s August request was overly broad and a “vexatious, illegal fishing expedition.” Trump’s suit seeks to invalidate the entirety of the congressional request, calling it overly broad, unduly burdensome and a challenge to separation of powers. It requests a court injunction to bar the archivist from producing the documents.
The Biden administration, in clearing the documents for release, said the violent siege of the Capitol more than nine months ago was such an extraordinary circumstance that it merited waiving the privilege that usually protects White House communications. headtopics.com
___Associated Press Writers Jill Colvin, Colleen Long, Zeke Miller, Nomaan Merchant and Eric Tucker contributed to this report. Read more: The Associated Press »
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All I want to know is how many complaining about Bannon were upset when Holder did it to protect Obama? What Bannon is doing is wrong but if you let it go when your dude dies it don’t be surprised when the other guy does it Shall I say it? .... Lock him up! LockHimUp What a joke of a committee No one cares . It means shit
U.S. House committee rejects Bannon 'privilege' argument in Jan. 6 probeThe U.S. congressional committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol said on Monday that it rejected Steve Bannon 's arguments for failing to cooperate with the probe, as the panel pursues a contempt of Congress charge against the long-time adviser to former President Donald Trump . I read that there was another provision in some law, where congress can invoke some other clause and get them arrested ? By the way, these witnesses were clearly a part of a conspiracy to stage a coup. Is that not cause for arrest ? Garland is too timid. Time will run out! When you see your life as perfect, This circus is playing out as expected...
'Grab 'em by the p¿ssy.' CorinthiansToo Ohhh, it’s on now! lol so what Bannon just plead the 5th. Most welcomed 🙌✨ I wonder if Steve Bannon is a mite risk. Humanity has contempt for Bannon. Lol Eric Holder was held in contempt. Not a big deal
January 6 committee slated to formally advance Steve Bannon criminal contempt report TuesdayThe House committee investigating the January 6 US Capitol attack is expected to formally kick off the process to hold Steve Bannon , one of former President Donald Trump 's closest allies, in contempt of Congress on Tuesday night when the panel is scheduled to meet and advance a referral to the Justice Department. What do you mean the process? Call the cops and scoop them up. They need to move quickly
The committee vote to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress sends the resolution to the full House. House approval would send the matter to the Justice Department, which could decide to pursue criminal charges against the ex-White House aide.
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MAGA Leader Steve Bannon Faces Jail Again -- With No Pardon This TimeTrump ally Steve Bannon could face jail time as Congress preps for a vote on whether he is in criminal contempt for defying January 6 committee subpoenas. In a special report, Melber details the case against Bannon, how there are three different types of immunity one can use and how the DOJ historically struggles to actually send persons to jail on criminal contempt charges. AriMelber Talk about abuse of power AriMelber Hunter Biden is found guilty on all counts! AriMelber arrestbannon
Justice Department will need waiver from Biden to prosecute Trump ally Steve Bannon, expert says Steve Bannon ’s decision to defy a subpoena from a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot could result in serious consequences for him, but there are a few big question marks about whether he will actually face criminal prosecution. If you can’t arrest Steve Bannon you can’t arrest anyone. Trump’s not guilty? He’s guilty. Trump’s not prosecutable because he attacked us WHILE HE WAS PRESIDENT?! He should be more prosecuted. What the heck is wrong with us? This isn’t a joke or a game. This is about our freedom Show some teeth and lock him up, along with anyone blocking the investigations, including the lawyers. He looks great behind bars.
January 6 panel to move forward with Steve Bannon criminal contempt report TuesdayThe House committee investigating the January 6 US Capitol attack is expected to formally kick off holding Steve Bannon , one of former President Donald Trump 's closest allies, in contempt of Congress on Tuesday night with a crucial meeting to set up a House vote. Stop talking and do it . It doesn’t take that long to bring up a vote and file charges . Politics HouseJudiciary RepAdamSchiff This thing is moving like a slug, a slow train to China. I don’t recall the Reptilians taking weeks and months to get someone to testify or to hold them in contempt! This guy thinks his calling is to topple governments. I can't wait to see him dragged into Congress in chains and then goes to prison for refusing to say anything bad about Trump.