Steve Bannon faces last chance to testify on attack on Capitol Hill or risk contempt charges – live | US News
Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon is scheduled to appear today before the House committee investigating the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill. However, his lawyer has already said he will not comply, citing executive privilege.
Now the question is whether the House committee will refer Bannon to the Justice Department on potential criminal contempt charges related to his refusal to appear.
It’s also worth noting that Bannon has made high-profile public appearances, even though he refuses to appear before the committee. He held a rally where former President Trump called to congratulate Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin and repeat lies about the 2020 election. Youngkin was not in attendance.
“We are going to build the wall. We are going to face China, ”Bannon said to acclaim, The Washington Post reported. “We are building a coalition that will rule for 100 years. “
The event began with the pledge of allegiance to a flag present during the riot on Capitol Hill on January 6, which one speaker called a “peaceful rally with Donald J Trump.”
Notably, even though Moderna asked the panel to consider whether to give a ‘booster’ (or a third dose) to people aged 18 and over, the panel posted a question about whether to give it to individuals. people aged 65 and over.
This echoes the panel’s recommendation for Pfizer booster injections. While the panel was initially asked to consider boosters for the general public, and the administration insisted on the same, experts ultimately recommended boosters for a much smaller population of older Americans and individuals. at risk of severe Covid-19.
Independent advisers from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will also review whether to recommend a “booster”, or the third dose, of Moderna vaccine for people 18 years of age and over. On Friday, they will consider whether to recommend a second dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Experts with the Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Related Biologics (VRBPAC) will review whether the booster doses are safe and effective at least six months after people have completed their first set of two injections. Moderna has asked experts to consider giving people half a dose of their vaccine, in hopes that it will trigger fewer side effects than the first set of doses people received.
Covid-19 vaccines are safe and very effective in preventing hospitalizations and death. The hope is that a third dose, or a booster, would protect people even more against Covid-19, as some experts have argued that early evidence shows that protection against mild to moderate illness is waning.
Notably, there is a scientific debate on whether the decrease in immunity against mild and moderate diseases necessarily equates to less protection against hospitalization and death.
In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) has asked wealthy countries to suspend recalls for a year, until more people around the world can receive the first doses. Overall, demand greatly exceeds supply. Africa is the least vaccinated continent, with only 7.3% of the population having received at least one dose.
Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s US Politics Live Blog …
Today we watch the House committee investigate the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers subpoenaed former Trump administration advisers.
Lawmakers wonder if the former Trump administration adviser Steve bannon will continue his pool game with lawmakers, a game that could potentially lead to criminal contempt charges if he continues to refuse to testify before the committee and provide it with documents.