Jan. 6 committee vote to approve Steve Bannon criminal contempt report: Live updates

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Steve Bannon talks to the media in November 2019. (Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg / Getty Images)

Steve Bannon, President Trump’s former White House chief strategist, spoke with Trump in December, urging him to focus on January 6—on the Electoral College vote by Congress, according to authors Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. The date of official certification. In his book “Peril”.

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“We’re going to bury Biden on January 6th,” Bannon is quoted as saying.

Woodward and Costa also reported that Trump called Bannon on January 6 after his controversial meeting with then-Vice President Mike Pence, in which the vice president said he did not have the authority to block the certification of Joe Biden’s victory.

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In its letter to Bannon, the committee cited communications it had made with Trump on December 30, 2020, “and potentially on other occasions,” in which Bannon reportedly asked the former president to “plan and address his concerns on January 6. Urged to focus the efforts.” The committee also noted Bannon’s incendiary comments made on his podcast on January 5, in which he said “everything is going to end tomorrow.”

The committee announced last week that it was moving to hold Bannon in criminal contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena.

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“Mr. Bannon has refused to cooperate with the select committee and has instead hidden behind the former president’s inadequate, blanket, and vague statements that he has asked to be enforced,” said Democratic Rep. Benny Thompson, who chair of the committee, said in a statement on Thursday.

Bannon was scheduled to make a statement before the committee last Thursday, but his lawyer wrote in a letter to the panel the day before that his client would not testify or document unless the Committee on Executive Privileges held the former president. Doesn’t reach an agreement with Trump or have a court weigh in on the case.

The next step for the committee to proceed with criminal contempt for Bannon is to hold a business meeting, Thompson said today. At that meeting, the committee will adopt a contempt report, which outlines the attempts made by the witness to comply with the summons and the failure by the witness to do so.

Any person found liable for contempt of Congress is guilty of an offense that may result in fines and imprisonment of one to 12 months.

However, it can take years for Bannon to be held in criminal contempt through prosecution, and historical criminal contempt cases have been derailed by appeals and acquittals.

Read more about Bannon’s actions on 6 January Here.

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