House expected to vote Thursday on Bannon prosecution referral
The House of Representatives will likely vote on Thursday to refer former White House aide Steve Bannon to federal prosecutors for potential criminal contempt charges over his refusal to cooperate with the Jan. 6 investigation.
Bannon defied a subpoena from the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol. On Tuesday, the bipartisan committee voted unanimously to recommend criminal prosecution.
Now, the vote goes to the full House. If they decide to recommend charges, the case will likely go to federal prosecutors, who may then convene a grand jury.
If convicted, Bannon faces up to a year in prison and $100,000 in fines.
“Based on the committee’s investigation, it appears that Mr. Bannon had substantial advanced knowledge of the plans for Jan. 6 and likely had an important role in formulating those plans,” Committee chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said Tuesday.