Update: The panel voted to hold Steve Bannon in contempt after the ally of former President Trump defied a subpoena, the Associated Press reported. The resolution will go to the full house.
Steve Bannon, former President Donald Trump’s one-time chief political strategist and lightning rod supporter, is likely to be a step closer to facing criminal contempt charges after a scheduled business meeting Tuesday night of the House Select Committee Investigating the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol.
The nine-member panel — comprised of seven Democrats and two Republicans — will vote on whether to forward to the full House a report recommending Bannon be found in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with the committee’s subpoena.
According to numerous reports, and based on his own statements, the committee said Bannon seemed to have foreknowledge of the events of January 6 and said he was in communication with then-President Trump.
For those reasons and due to his deep involvement with the ‘Stop the Steal’ movement, the committee decided to subpoena Bannon last month, ordering that he provide certain documents related to the January 6 uprising by October 7 and that he appear in person for a deposition on October 14.
Through his attorney, Bannon informed committee leadership he would not do either.
In an October 13 letter to committee chairman Rep. Bennnie Thompson (D-MS), Bannon’s attorney wrote, “Until such time as you reach an agreement with President Trump or receive a court ruling as to the extent, scope and application of the executive privilege…Mr. Bannon will not be producing documents or testifying.”
The former president formally filed a civil lawsuit Monday to try and block the release of White House records requested by the committee.
“The Committee’s request amounts to nothing less than a vexatious, illegal fishing expedition openly endorsed by Biden and designed to unconstitutionally investigate President Trump and his administration,” the lawsuit read.
President Joe Biden declined to assert executive privilege, and said that he believes the information is potentially valuable to the committee and thus serves a legitimate legislative purpose.