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The select committee of the House of Representatives what investigates the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, voted unanimously to impeach President Trump’s former adviser, Steve Bannon, in criminal contempt for defying a subpoena to appear and produce records Tuesday night, according to CBS News.
“We believe that Mr. Bannon has information relevant to our investigation, and we will use the tools at our disposal to obtain that information,” said the President. Bennie thompson before the vote. “I hope that the House will swiftly adopt this referral to the Department of Justice and that the United States Attorney will do his duty and prosecute Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt of Congress.”
Bannon was ordered to appear before the committee last week, but his attorney said he was following the instructions of the former president’s legal team. Donald trump not to provide documents or testify.
The committee recommended Monday night that Bannon be held for criminal contempt. All Democrats on the committee and the two Republicans on the committee, Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, voted to hold Bannon in criminal contempt.
The measure now goes to the Lower House, controlled by Democrats.
The Democratic Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer, announced that the plenary session of the House will put it to vote on Thursday. If the majority of the House finds you in criminal contempt, then the House will refer the case to the Justice Department for prosecution, according to CNN.
After approval in the House, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy pelosi, you could certify the report to the United States attorney’s office, which can then take it before a grand jury for consideration.
Ultimately, these final prosecution steps could involve the highest levels of the Justice Department, including Attorney General Merrick Garland, as these cases are rare.
President Joe Biden last week rejected Trump’s claim of executive privilege for documents requested by the committee, and the White House said it would give the panel access to federal records related to Trump’s White House and the 6 insurrection. from January.
On Monday, Trump’s lawyers filed a lawsuit in federal court against the committee, committee chair Bennie Thompson, the National Archives, and David Ferriero, director of the National Archives, in an effort to block the disclosure of documents related to your actions on January 6
Trump spoke at the Stop the Steal rally on January 6, 2021, prior to the congressional meeting to count electoral votes, a largely ceremonial final step in affirming the electoral victory of Biden. Trump he encouraged his supporters to “walk” to the Capitol to protest the election results.
In addition to Bannon, the committee has summoned the organizers of the Stop the Steal rally as well as the former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, to the former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, to the communications director Dan Scavino and the Pentagon chief of staff, Kashyap Patel.