WASHINGTON – The House select committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol will vote next Tuesday to have Trump’s political adviser Steve Bannon despise Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena.
The chairman of the committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Said in a statement that Bannon had refused to cooperate with the committee and was “hiding behind the former chairman’s insufficient, general and vague statements regarding the privileges he claimed to invoke “.
“We completely reject his position. The special committee will not tolerate disregard of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with the procedure for dismissing Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt, ”said Thompson, who said the vote is scheduled for Tuesday evening. .
A lawyer for Bannon said in a letter to the committee on Wednesday that the former White House aide would not comply with the summons issued by the committee for the documents and his testimony. Bannon had been instructed to appear for a deposition Thursday, but former President Donald Trump’s lawyer advised former aides not to cooperate with the committee.
Thompson said the committee “will use every tool at its disposal to obtain the information it seeks, and witnesses who attempt to block the select committee will not succeed.”
Once the committee adopts the contempt report next week, it will return the report to the House for a vote. Assuming the Democratic-controlled House passes it, he will then be referred to the District of Columbia’s US Attorney General “to take the case to the grand jury for his action.” Channing D. Phillips, who was appointed acting US attorney for DC in March, worked in the Department of Justice under the Democratic and Republican administrations.
Trump, in a statement Thursday, criticized the committee for planning to outrage Bannon, asserting his partisanship. He also argued that the committee “uses prosecutors and prosecutions” to target its base.
Thompson and Vice President Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Said last week that Mark Meadows, Trump’s former White House chief of staff, and Kashyap Patel, who was the secretary of defense’s chief of staff of Trump, were cooperating with the committee, but Bannon was not.
The committee has accepted short postponements of Patel and Meadows’ scheduled appearances as they cooperate, according to a committee aide.
Separately, because service of the subpoena of former social media director Dan Scavino was delayed, the select committee postponed his scheduled testimony, the aide said.
A request for comment from Bannon was not immediately returned. Contempt of Congress can result in a fine and between one and 12 months in prison, according to the committee.
Sahil Kapur contributed.