U.S. House Holds Trump Ally Steve Bannon in Criminal Contempt

The United States House of Representatives voted on Oct. 21 to hold Donald Trump’s former adviser Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for defying a congressional subpoena.

With a vote of 229 to 202, the House passed a resolution to hold Bannon in criminal contempt after he refused to comply to a subpoena issued by the Select Committee tasked to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

The vote of the full house sets a referral to the Justice Department, which will decide whether to pursue criminal charges against Bannon.

Ahead of the vote, Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson told the House floor, “We need to make it clear that no person is above the law. We need to take a stand for the integrity of the Select Committee’s investigation, and for the future integrity of this body.”

On Oct. 19, the Select Committee voted unanimously to send a report to the full House recommending contempt charges against Bannon who said that he would not comply to the subpoena because Trump told him not to.

“He hid behind vague and baseless claims of privilege. That’s just not acceptable,” Thompson said.

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