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House Committee Vote to Hold Bannon in Contempt

Committee on the January 6th attack before a vote in support of holding former President Donald Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon in contempt

The United States House Committee Vote to Hold Bannon in Contempt

A United States House of Lawmakers committee probing the Capitol riot of 6th January voted to support holding Stephen K. Bannon unanimously, the onetime key aide of former President Donald Trump, in contempt of Congress. House summoned Bannon to testify before the panel, but he refused to do so. If the full House endorses the matter this Thursday, it will refer to the U.S. Justice Department, which has a concluding say on bringing charges.

The two Republican leaders and seven Democratic leaders tasked with probing the insurgence supported the resolution endorsing that the chamber finds the ex-adviser to former President Donald Trump in illegal contempt for Congress for refusal to obey a summons from the committee. As early as this week, the vote might take up by the full House. Contempt of the U.S. Congress is a criminal offense that can bring about one year in jail and a fine of around one hundred thousand dollars.

Prosecutors would Evaluate the Matter based on the Law and the Facts

Approval of the report from the committee heads for the whole House to vote on whether to approve contempt charges. Moreover, a spokesperson for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia stated that prosecutors would assess the matter based on the law and the facts if the full House authorized the recommendation. Finally, the vice-chair of the committee and a Wyoming Republican Congresswoman, Liz Cheney, said in her opening remarks that Bannon had had considerable advance knowledge of the strategies for the protest on the 6th January riot and of former president’s plans to dishonor the 2020 presidential election result.

Trump Filed a Lawsuit to Block the House Inquiry

In 2017, the White House fired Bannon and was not in government at the riot time. The former president urged his former aides to oppose the requests of the committee and claimed the right to deny information because of executive privilege – a lawful principle that protects several communications of the White House. On Monday, Trump filed a suit in the court in order to ban the House inquiry from getting records from the United States National Archives.

On the other hand, Biden’s government says that the former president has no valid privilege claim. During the January protest, the supporters of Trump stormed the Capitol building to reject certification of Joe Biden’s general election victory over Republican Trump. Since then, the security officials charged over six hundred and seventy people for their participation in the riot.

Before leaving the president’s office in January 2020, the former president pardoned Bannon of charges using his pardon powers; of his charges, he had double-crossed the supporters of the Republican president. Former President Trump urged former aides summoned by the House panel to deny his requests, ask for executive privilege. Through his lawyer, Bannon said that he would not coordinate with the committee until the court resolved the executive privilege claim of Trump or it resolved through a settlement agreement.

The select committee’s vice chair, Republican Representative Liz Cheney, said at the Tuesday meeting that Bannon’s and Trump’s privilege arguments do seem to disclose one thing; however: they suggest that Trump personally involved in the planning and implementation of the 6th January riot. Thompson further added that Bannon stands alone among those summoned in his refusal to cooperate.

What is the Capitol riot?

On the day of the assault, four people and one police officer died; the next day of injuries continued in defense of the seat of Congress. Several police officers were injured, and four committed suicides. On Monday, Trump filed the lawsuit, alleging the House committee made an illegal and comprehensive request for his records of White House, which committee leaders rejected.

House Committee Vote to Hold Bannon in Contempt
The United States House Committee Vote to Hold Bannon in Contempt
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In 1821, the United States Supreme Court said that Congress has inherent authority to seizure and detain unruly witnesses on its own, without the help of the U.S. Justice Department. In 1927, the high court said the U.S. Senate acted legally in sending its deputy sergeants at arms to Ohio state to seizure and detain the then-attorney general’s brother, who refused to appear before the Senate regarding a bribery scheme, called the Teapot Dome scandal.

House Democrats created the select committee, and Republicans opposed it. Two of the nine members of the House committee – Republicans Adam Kinzinger and Cheney, who joined House Democrats in voting to impeach Donald Trump in January on charges of provoking the 6th January attack in a sizzling speech to supporters earlier that day.

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