The United States House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot announced that it will vote to hold former Trump adviser Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena.
Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson said in a statement that the committee will vote to hold Bannon in contempt at business meeting on Oct. 19 because he “has declined to cooperate with the Select Committee and is instead hiding behind the former President’s insufficient, blanket, and vague statements regarding privileges he has purported to invoke.”
“The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas,” Thompson further said.
Bannon was due to provide testimony or documents before the Committee in a deposition. However, Bannon’s attorney said in a letter to the Committee that he will not cooperate because former President Donald Trump instructed him not to do so.
Thompson said that the Committee “will use every tool at its disposal to get the information it seeks, and witnesses who try to stonewall the Select Committee will not succeed.”
Contempt of Congress can result in a fine and between one and 12 months in prison, according to the Committee.
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