House committee votes to hold Steve Bannon in contempt
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House committee votes to hold Steve Bannon in contempt

The US House of Representatives Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol on Tuesday voted unanimously to pass a resolution recommending that the House of Representatives find former President Trump’s advisor Steve Bannon in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena for documents and testimony pertaining to the investigation.

The committee released a criminal contempt report on Bannon on Monday. On Tuesday, the committee stated it believes that Steve Bannon “had specific knowledge about the events planned for January 6th before they occurred” based on comments that he made on his January 5th podcast. These comments include the following:

It’s not going to happen like you think it’s going to happen. OK, it’s going to be quite extraordinarily different. All I can say is, strap in . . . You made this happen and tomorrow it’s game day. So strap in. Let’s get ready. All hell is going to break loose tomorrow . . . So many people said, ‘Man, if I was in a revolution, I would be in Washington.’ Well, this is your time in history.

Bannon refused, through communications made by his attorney, to produce the requested documents.

The resolution passed the House of Representatives Rules Committee and will now move to a House of Representatives floor vote. The contempt of Congress statute, 2 U.S.C. § 192, provides that if Bannon is found in contempt, he will be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year of confinement or up to $100,000.