We will not allow any witness to defy a lawful subpoena or attempt to run out the clock, and we will swiftly consider advancing a criminal contempt of Congress referral. — Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., The House Select Committee
We will not allow any witness to defy a lawful subpoena or attempt to run out the clock, and we will swiftly consider advancing a criminal contempt of Congress referral. — Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., The House Select Committee
House committee probing Jan. 6 weighs criminal contempt referral for Steve Bannon over subpoena refusal
  • The House select committee probing the deadly Capitol riot said it could soon advance a referral to hold former Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress.
  • Bannon “has indicated that he will try to hide behind vague references to privileges of the former President,” the House panel said in a statement.
  • The Biden administration has blocked Trump’s attempt to keep Jan. 6-related documents out of the select committee’s hands.
Bannon, who departed then-President Donald Trump’s White House years before the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol, “has indicated that he will try to hide behind vague references to privileges of the former President,” the House panel said in a statement.

“Though the Select Committee welcomes good-faith engagement with witnesses seeking to cooperate with our investigation, we will not allow any witness to defy a lawful subpoena or attempt to run out the clock, and we will swiftly consider advancing a criminal contempt of Congress referral,” said the statement from Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.

It is unclear how soon the select committee could push a criminal contempt referral forward. When a person defies a congressional subpoena, the House can certify a contempt citation to the executive branch for criminal prosecution.


Once received, any prosecution would be in control of the Biden administration, which on Friday blocked Trump’s attempt to keep Jan. 6-related documents out of the select committee’s hands, NBC News reported.

... The select committee had set a deadline for Bannon to produce the requested materials by Thursday, which he missed. The panel also set a date for the following Thursday for Bannon to appear for a deposition.
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