U.S. House committee backs contempt charge against Trump aide Bannon

Lawmakers probing the deadly Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack by supporters of Donald Trump will move on Tuesday toward bringing contempt of Congress charges against his longtime aide Steve Bannon over his refusal to cooperate.

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10/20/2021 4:23:00 AM

Lawmakers probing the deadly Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack by supporters of Donald Trump will move on Tuesday toward bringing contempt of Congress charges against his longtime aide Steve Bannon over his refusal to cooperate.

A U.S. congressional committee probing the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of contempt-of-Congress charges against Steve Bannon , a longtime aide to former President Donald Trump. The seven Democratic and two Republican members of the House of Representatives Select Committee approved a report recommending the criminal charge by a 9-0 vote, calling it 'shocking' that Bannon refused to comply with subpoenas seeking documents and testimony. Approval of the report paved the way for the entire House to vote on whether to recommend contempt charges.

By Patricia Zengerle and Jan WolfeWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. congressional committee probing the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of contempt-of-Congress charges against Steve Bannon, a longtime aide to former President Donald Trump.

The seven Democratic and two Republican members of the House of Representatives Select Committee approved a report recommending the criminal charge by a 9-0 vote, calling it "shocking" that Bannon refused to comply with subpoenas seeking documents and testimony.

Approval of the report paved the way for the entire House to vote on whether to recommend contempt charges. That vote is set for Thursday, when the full, Democratic-controlled chamber is expected to approve the report. If that occurs, the Justice Department would then decide whether to pursue a criminal case. headtopics.com

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"It's a shame that Mr. Bannon has put us in this position. But we won't take 'no' for an answer," Representative Bennie Thompson, the panel's chairman, said in his opening remarks.Bannon's attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the committee vote.

Before leaving office in January, Trump pardoned Bannon of charges he had swindled the Republican president's supporters. Trump has urged former aides subpoenaed by the panel to reject its requests, claiming the right to withhold information because of executive privilege, a legal principle that protects many White House communications.

At Tuesday's business meeting, Republican Representative Liz Cheney, the select committee's vice chair, dismissed that argument."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 Jan. 6th. And we will get to the bottom of that," she said.

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Thompson said Bannon "stands alone" among those subpoenaed in his refusal to cooperate.Story continuesMore than 670 people have been charged with taking part in the riot, the worst attack on the U.S. government since the War of 1812. The select committee has issued 19 subpoenas. headtopics.com

Noting that the committee is investigating a violent attack that took place as lawmakers met to certify the results of the 2020 election, Thompson said: "It's shocking to me that anyone would not do everything in their power to assist our investigation."

'ALL HELL IS GOING TO BREAK LOOSE'In its report, the committee argued that Bannon made statements suggesting he knew ahead of time about "extreme events" on Jan. 6, when Congress was scheduled to certify Democrat Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election.

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Bannon said on a Jan. 5 podcast that "all hell is going to break loose tomorrow." The next day, thousands of Trump supporters descended on the Capitol, in an attempt to overturn Trump's election defeat, which Trump falsely claimed was the result of widespread fraud.

Four people died on the day of the assault, and one Capitol police officer died the next day of injuries sustained in defense of the seat of Congress. Hundreds of police were injured during the multi-hour onslaught and four officers have since taken their own lives. headtopics.com

Trump filed suit on Monday, alleging the committee made an illegal, unfounded and overly broad request for his White House records, which committee leaders rejected..Many legal experts have said Trump's executive privilege claim is weak because the committee has a compelling need to see the requested materials.

The U.S. Supreme Court said in 1821 that Congress has "inherent authority" to arrest and detain recalcitrant witnesses on its own, without the Justice Department's help. But it has not used that authority in nearly a century.In 1927, the high court said the Senate acted lawfully in sending its deputy sergeant at arms to Ohio to arrest and detain the brother of the then-attorney general, who had refused to testify about a bribery scheme known as the Teapot Dome scandal.

It was not immediately clear how the Justice Department would respond to a House recommendation - there have been few accusations of contempt of Congress - but some House members have argued that letting Bannon ignore subpoenas would weaken congressional oversight of the executive branch.

"No one in the United States of America has the right to blow off a subpoena by a court or by the U.S. Congress," panel member Jamie Raskin, a Democrat, told reporters after the meeting. Raskin was a professor of constitutional law before he was elected to Congress.

The select committee was created by House Democrats against the wishes of most Republicans. Two of the committee's nine members - Cheney and Representative Adam Kinzinger - are Republicans who joined House Democrats in voting to impeach Trump in January on a charge of inciting the Jan. 6 attack in a fiery speech to supporters earlier that day.

Multiple courts, state election officials and members of Trump's own administration have rejected Trump's claims that Biden won because of election fraud.(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle in Washington; Additional reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Funny how Yahoo News mentions 'deadly attack', when they know the only person to die that day was Ashley Babbit, a female vet that was unarmed and gunned down from 6' away by a Cap policeman. Got to keep pushing the false narrative. 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

Why doesn't Bannon want to cooperate ? What is he afraid of ? Democrats really gonna milk this all the way huh

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...

Jan. 6 Panel Plans Bannon Contempt Vote As Trump Sues Over ProbeThe panel is set to vote to recommend that Steve Bannon be held in criminal contempt of Congress. Estamos no YouTube!! Já conhece nosso canal? Entre, inscreva-se e ative o sininho para receber sempre em primeira mão as novidades! Todos os dias vídeos novos! Compartilhe para sua família, e faça parte da nossa!! Oh yes like that means anything any more. There are laws for the poor and none for the rich Is he still as ghastly as ever?

Trump sues U.S. House committee investigating Jan. 6 attack on CapitolFormer President Donald Trump on Monday sued the U.S. congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, claiming members made an illegal request for his White House records.

Donald Trump Is Suing To Stop The House Committee Investigating Jan. 6 From Getting His RecordsThe lawsuit comes as the committee is poised to vote on whether to hold former Trump advisor Steve Bannon in contempt.

Jan. 6 Committee Votes To Hold Steve Bannon In Contempt Of CongressBannon has openly defied the subpoena issued by the committee, citing Trump's claim to executive privilege. horrible LOCK HIM UP! BloatedBoorBannon NoPrivilegeForYou TreasonMonkeyTrumpTrash

Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Steve Bannon in contemptWASHINGTON (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. 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. Lol