The House elite committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol will move to hold the former White House strategist Steve Bannon in criminal contempt in resistance to a subpoena.
CNN reports that Bannon ”was scheduled for a deposition before the committee on Thursday, and Bannon’s attorney wrote a letter the other day to the panel saying his client would not provide testimony or documents until the the committee will agree with former President Donald Trump. on executive privilege or a court in question on the matter. “
In a statement, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Who chairs the committee, “Mr. Bannon refused to cooperate with the Select Committee and instead hid behind the former President’s inadequate, blanket, and vague statement regarding the privileges that he claimed to use it. We refused to deny his position. “
“The Select Committee will not tolerate violation of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt. I have notified the Select Committee that we will call for a business meeting Tuesday of the night to vote on the adoption of a contempt report, ”he added.
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The committee held a business meeting at October 19 to decide whether to use a contempt report. If it is adopted, the report will go to the Chamber for a vote, and if it is passed by the chamber, it will be referred to the Department of Justice.
As The hill “A referral will put the ball in the DOJ court, asking the executive branch to determine how aggressive it is in pursuing Bannon.”
Last month, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said that the Biden administration appears prepared to pursue criminal contempt charges and that the committee could move to handle those resisting contempt subpoenas.
“There will definitely be some who won’t work with us, and I’m not referring to the current administration, but members of the previous administration. We have to expect that,” Schiff said.
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He added, “Until we have the passage of the Protect Our Democracy Act, there will still be opportunities [for those people] to draw things out in court. So that is a concern. But we can have additional tools now that we didn’t have before, including a Department of Justice that may be prepared to pursue criminal contempt when people deliberately force the process to be mandatory. “
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