House panel to vote on criminal contempt charges against Bannon
The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot set a vote to recommend criminal contempt charges against former White House aide Steve Bannon. Bannon failed to comply with a subpoena on Thursday.
“The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt,” said panel chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS).
Thompson said the committee would vote to recommend the charges on Tuesday. Then, the recommendation would go to the full House for a vote.
Bannon’s lawyer said he didn’t show for his scheduled deposition on former President Trump’s direction. Last week, Bannon also missed a deadline to provide the panel with documents.
The House Select Committee has issued 19 subpoenas so far. They started receiving a trove of documents in connection to the incident.
“Mr. Bannon has declined to cooperate with the Select Committee and is instead hiding behind the former President’s insufficient, blanket and vague statements regarding privileges he has purported to invoke,” Thompson said. “We reject his position entirely.”
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