U.S. House Select Committee Votes to Hold Steve Bannon in Criminal Contempt of Congress

This article was updated at 2021-10-20 12:24.
The bipartisan U.S. House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol Insurrection unanimously voted to hold Steve Bannon, the chief strategist to former President Donald Trump, in criminal contempt for defying a congressional subpoena.

“Mr. Bannon will comply with our  investigation or he will face the consequences,” the committee’s  chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said

The  committee vote sends the matter to the full House of Representatives. If the House approves the measure  the matter would be sent on to federal law enforcement for criminal charges.

The mixed nine-member committee, made up of seven Democrats  and two Republicans, unanimous in response to Bannon’s willful and unlawful refusal to comply with a subpoena to appear before the committee. 

Bannon has refused to appear for a deposition, and has refused to turn over documents for in prior deadlines.

In 2020, Bannon and three others faced charges included conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with Trump’s border wall fundraising campaign. Trump pardoned Bannon in January 2021, during the final hours of his presidency.

Editors Note: Story “BANNON-CRIMINAL-CONTEMPT” corrected on 19.10.2021 21:09. The previous version contained a minor typographical error.

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