Republicans raged against a House vote to hold former Trump adviser Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress after he refused to testify before a House select committee probing the January 6 riots on Capitol Hill. done.
The selection committee voted unanimously on Tuesday evening to hold Mr Bannon, a former adviser and podcast host to former President Donald Trump. The committee initially issued a subpoena, but Mr Bannon sent a letter to committee chairman Rep. Benny Thompson after Mr Trump’s lawyers instructed him not to testify or testify.
The House voted Thursday, with all 220 Democrats voting in favor of contempt, but only six Republicans voting for it. These included Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Adam Kizinger of Illinois, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Peter Meijer and Fred Upton of Michigan, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, John Cutko of New York, Jamie Herrera Butler of Washington and Nancy Mays of South Carolina. .
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the committee was issuing an illegal subpoena.
“Issuing an invalid subpoena undermines our power,” McCarthy said during his weekly news conference. “No if someone votes against it.”
Mr McCarthy said Mr Bannon has the right to go to court to see if he has executive privilege.
“I don’t know whether he does or not, but neither does the committee,” he said. “So they are weakening the power of the summons by issuing an invalid summons.”
Mr. McCarthy has long criticized the committee. He voted against the creation of a bipartisan commission in May, then when the selection committee was created, Mr. McCarthy nominated Reps Jim Banks of Indiana, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Troy Nehls of Texas, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Rodney Davis of Illinois. appointed to
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to allow Mr Banks and Mr Jordan, both former aides to the president, to sit on the select committee. In response, Mr. McCarthy pulled all his members from the committee.
Mr. Jordan touched on his removal from the committee when he explained Granthshala Why did they vote against the contempt of Mr. Bannon.
“Why would you expect witnesses to participate when you don’t let Republicans into the actual committee,” he said. “It’s all political.”
Mr Jordan’s remarks came despite the fact that Pelosi did not rule out three other members of the committee and that Reps Liz Cheney and Adam Kizinger, both Republicans, sit on the select committee.
Wisconsin Representative Mike Gallagher also said the removal of the Republican invalidated the committee.
“Therefore the committee is a sham,” he added. Granthshala.
Yvette Herrell, a new member of New Mexico, voted against the contempt vote, saying it was a distraction and said other investigations have been made.
“And really what we should be talking about is our open border,” she said, as well as the backlog of cargo ships in California. “There is much more this Congress must do that will help the American people more than this.
Similarly, Rep. Beth Van Duyne of Texas, who represents the district that President Joe Biden won, said: “I think we have a problem facing our country that we need to focus on and focus on. Law enforcement needs to be allowed to do their job.”
But Ms Cheney, one of six Republicans who voted in favor of contempt and the select committee’s deputy chairman, spoke of the need to hold Bannon in contempt.
“We need to know what happened, this body should have the ability to understand what caused the attack, to understand who was responsible and to take legislative action to make sure it doesn’t happen again.” Never happen,” Ms Cheney said in a speech on the floor.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /