House lawmakers will vote next week whether to hold Steve Bannon in contempt and refer him to criminal charges, lawmakers said Thursday, as a committee investigating the Jan. riots and fights to force former President Donald Trump’s aides to testify about Trump. trying to reverse the election
The January 6 committee will vote on a contempt report for Bannon on Tuesday after Bannon told legislators this week that he would not hand over documents or sit to testify, said Representative Benny Thompson (D-Miss.), the committee’s chairman. The president said in one Statement.
If the committee approves the report, the entire House of Representatives could vote on whether to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress and ask the Justice Department to weigh criminal charges, the committee said. said on thursday.
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selection committee said Prosecutors have a “duty” to bring witnesses held in contempt of Congress before a grand jury for possible criminal action, citing federal laws. But in practice, criminal charges are likely up to the DOJ, which has argued in past tense It has wide discretion to decide whether to send people to a grand jury or take criminal action for contempt of Congress. For example, the Obama-era DOJ chose not to prosecute After the House former Internal Revenue Service employee Lois Lerner held him in contempt in 2014.
Congress also to sue invoke summons in the past, but this route could be slow and cumbersome. House Democrats sued two years ago to enforce a subpoena to Trump’s tax records, and the case still faces legal uncertainty.
“The Select Committee will use every tool at its disposal to obtain the information it asks for, and witnesses who try to stone the Select Committee will not succeed,” Thompson wrote in a statement Thursday.
Bannon has reportedly argued that compliance with a January 6 committee subpoena would clash with Trump’s claim of “executive privilege,” a legal concept that gives presidents the ability to keep certain information confidential. Bannon’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Businesshala.
The select committee investigating the January 6 riots, made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans, has asked several Trump aides to turn over records and appear for testimony. The committee summoned several former Trump administration employees, including former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Jeffrey Clark, a DOJ official who called for Trump to use the department to advance baseless voter fraud allegations. accused of trying. Lawmakers also asked the government to return Trump White House records.
Trump has argued that many of the records requested by House investigators are protected by executive privilege. The Biden administration rejected this argument last week, refusing to shield the initial round of Trump-era documents from the committee.
Biden blocks Trump’s request to save some documents from Jan 6 probe (Businesshala)