January 6 Committee Votes to Hold Steve Bannon in Contempt

Headline Roundup October 20th, 2021

On Tuesday evening, the House Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot voted 9-0 to recommend criminal contempt charges for Steve Bannon. The former top advisor to President Donald Trump has refused to cooperate with the investigation, and is defying a congressional subpoena. The panel says that Bannon has no legal authority to support his refusal to comply, and that he may had specific knowledge about the events of Jan. 6 before they occurred.  Bannon's lawyers are testing the extent to which executive privilege, as claimed by Trump, can apply to advice or conversations from private citizens. The full House of Representatives will vote on this recommendation on Thursday. 

The news was covered prominently across the spectrum Wednesday.

From the Center
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US House, January 6 Commission, Steve Bannon

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol voted 9-0 Tuesday to recommend holding Stephen Bannon, a onetime adviser to former President Donald Trump, in criminal contempt for defying a congressional subpoena.

The committee’s vote is likely to kick off a legal battle that tests the extent of executive privileges claimed by a former president and whether those protections apply to conversations or advice from private citizens, not just government officials.

“Mr. Bannon will comply with our investigation or he will face the consequences,” said the committee’s chairman,...

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From the Left
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US House, January 6 Commission, Steve Bannon

A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection voted unanimously to hold former White House aide Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress after the longtime ally of former President Donald Trump defied a subpoena for documents and testimony.

Still defending his supporters who broke into the Capitol that day, Trump has aggressively tried to block the committee’s work by directing Bannon and others not to answer questions in the probe. Trump has also filed a lawsuit to try to prevent Congress from obtaining former White House documents.

But lawmakers have made clear they will not...

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From the Right
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US House, January 6 Commission, Steve Bannon

The House Jan. 6 select committee voted Tuesday night to recommend that Steve Bannon, a one-time top adviser to former President Donald Trump, be held in contempt of Congress over his refusal to cooperate with an ongoing investigation into the Capitol riot.

The panel’s unanimous recommendation will advance to the full House for another vote, which will occur Thursday. If approved, the measure will advance to the Justice Department, whose officials will make the final decision on whether to prosecute Bannon. The former Trump adviser could face a fine or a jail term of...

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