House votes to hold former Trump adviser Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress

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WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives on Thursday voted to hold former Trump adviser Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress.

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Bannon, who served as White House chief strategist for the first few months of Donald Trump’s presidency, ignored a House Select Committee subpoena investigating the January 6 uprising at the US Capitol by a pro-Trump crowd. selection committee voted unanimously To hold Bannon on Tuesday for contempt of Congress.

The entire House voted 229-202, with all Democrats voting in favour, and most Republicans voting against.


House GOP leadership was urging members to vote against the vote on Wednesday, but nine Republicans voted to hold Bannon in contempt. This included Reps Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kizinger of Illinois, who both serve on the January 6 committee.

Among other Republicans, Michigan Reps. Fred Upton and Peter Meijer, New York Rep. John Katko, Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, of Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, of South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mays and Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler was involved. .

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Several Republicans who voted “yes” on Thursday also voted to impeach Trump in January for his role in the rebellion effort. But three Republicans who voted to impeach Trump voted against holding Bannon in contempt: Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., Rep. Tom Rice, R.C., and Rep. David Valladao, R-California.

Mays and Fitzpatrick voted not to impeach Trump.

Rep. Greg Pence, R-Ind., brother of former Vice President Mike Pence, who was specifically targeted by rioters on Jan. 6, did not vote.

After the vote, Cheney told reporters outside the Capitol that the nine Republican votes reflected the fact that “this should not be a partisan issue and that people believe that what happened on January 6 cannot happen without investigation, and When Congress issues a subpoena, you can’t just fail to comply.”

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Now that the House has passed the committee-recommended contempt report, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Cal., will recommend it to the Justice Department, which has the final say on whether to prosecute Bannon.

Attorney General Merrick Garland made no commitment Thursday to pursue criminal charges against Bannon, but in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Vowed to “apply the facts and the law in accordance with the principles of the prosecution” Should the fate of a Trump adviser fall to the Justice Department.

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Bannon could face fines and possible jail time.

Lawmakers want to know about any of Bannon’s communications with Trump in the days before the January 6 riots, which took place as lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence formally began to count the Electoral College votes. for a special session that set up Joe Biden as a riot. Winner of the 2020 presidential election.

The summons document also notes that on his radio show, Bannon said on January 5 that “everything is going to end tomorrow.”

Bannon was not a White House employee on or before January 6, having left the administration years ago, but he is still claiming executive privileges from Trump as he argues why he didn’t cooperate with a summons from the committee. are doing.

Contribution: Kevin Johnson

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