Bannon’s subpoena defiance may lead to showdown with Biden DOJ
The Trump administration’s former White House strategist Steve Bannon chose to defy a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The move could set up a showdown with the Justice Department (DOJ).
The committee said it might refer Bannon for criminal prosecution by the DOJ if he fails to appear for his deposition this Thursday, which could result in a fine, jail time, or both.
Former US attorney Barbara McQuade said the referral allows the DOJ to hold accountability for those within former President Trump’s circle.
“There are a number of things prosecutors have to think about,” McQuade said. “One is, what is the deterrent effect of bringing a case here in light of the history of the Trump administration, allies, and others thumbing their noses at congressional subpoenas and stalling? There’s a compelling case here for bringing criminal charges.”
So far, the White House indicated it would not weigh in on any criminal prosecutions.
“I think the White House is going to go to extreme lengths to not have any influence on this,” lawyer Steve Cash said.
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