House votes to hold Steve Bannon in contempt for defying subpoena

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The vote was 229-202.

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Nine Republicans voted along with all 220 Democrats to pass the resolution: House Select Committee Deputy Speaker Liz Cheney, Rep. Adam Kizinger, Nancy Mays, Fred Upton, Peter Meijer, John Katko, Brian Fitzpatrick, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio and Jaime Herrera Beutler.

Representative Greg Pence – the brother of former Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the election counting on January 6 – did not vote.


The action marks a significant escalation in how far Democrats are willing to go to reprimand individuals who refuse to cooperate as the House select committee seeks to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election. Demanders investigate violent assault.

A vote by the Full House to hold Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress establishes a referral to the Justice Department, which must then decide whether to prosecute.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday that the Justice Department would review any referrals, but at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, he did not say what the DOJ’s decision would be.
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“The Department of Justice will do what it always does in such circumstances, we will apply the facts and the law and make a decision consistent with the principles of the prosecution,” Garland said.

Earlier in the afternoon, the House voted to approve a rule containing provision for consideration of a contempt motion. The rule passed on a massive party-line vote of 221 to 205, with only two Republicans joining to vote in favor of the Democrats.

“This is not about punishing Steve Bannon,” Democratic Rep. Benny Thompson, who chairs the House committee, said Thursday. “But Steve Bannon has led us down this path by refusing to cooperate in any way with our investigation.”

He said: “We need to take a stand for the investigation of the selection committee and the integrity of this body. What kind of precedent will it set for the House of Representatives if we allow a witness to ignore us without encountering any sort of thing? allow. Result?”

Bannon has previously argued that unless matters of executive privilege are resolved by the courts, he is unable to cooperate with the committee.
His lawyer has told the committee that “executive privileges belong to President Trump” and that “we must accept his directive and honor his call for executive privilege.”

next step after vote

Following the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to attest the report to the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Under the law, this certification requires a United States attorney to “bring the matter before the grand jury for its action,” but the Justice Department will also make its own determination for prosecution.

Any person found liable for contempt of Congress shall be guilty of an offense which may result in fine and imprisonment from one to 12 months. But the process is rarely implemented and rarely jail time.

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It can take years for Bannon to be held in criminal contempt through a prosecution, and historically, criminal contempt cases have been derailed by appeals and acquittals.

As a result, the House’s pursuit of criminal charges may be more about setting an example than Bannon and sending a message to other potential witnesses.

Thompson said Tuesday, “I want our witnesses to understand something very clearly. If you’re looking to follow Mr. Bannon’s path, you’re going to notice that’s what you’re going to face.”

a staunch partisan division

The vast majority of House Republicans opposed Bannon’s attempt in contempt of Congress, dismissing concerns about undermining the institution’s future oversight authority, and dismissing allegations that he would be calling Democrats on January 6. Trying to prevent getting to the bottom of the rebellion.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, when pressured Thursday by Granthshala on whether he was okay with people defying congressional subpoenas, said Bannon’s January 6 select committee subpoena is “invalid.”

“He has a right to go to court to see if he has executive privilege. I don’t know if he does, but neither does the committee,” McCarthy said. “So they are undermining the power of Congress by issuing illegal summons.”

Cheney, one of two Republicans on the special committee, criticized his aides for protecting Bannon on Thursday.

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“There are people in this chamber right now who were with me that day during that attack and with the rest of us. Those who have now forgotten the danger of this moment, the attack on the Constitution, the attack on our Congress. You will hear they argue that there is no legislative purpose for this committee to conduct this investigation or for this summons,” she said.

Cheney said the former president knew a riot was happening and took no action to stop it.

“President Trump knew this was happening. In fact he must have been watching it all on television. And yet he took no immediate action to stop it,” she said.

This story has been updated with additional details.

Granthshala’s Kristen Wilson, Melanie Zanona and Annie Grier contributed.


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