House panel investigating Jan. 6 Capitol riot will move to refer Steve Bannon for criminal contempt

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  • The House Select Committee investigating the invasion of the Capitol on January 6 will take steps to hold former Trump adviser Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena.
  • President Benny Thompson said, “Bannon is hiding behind the former president’s insufficient, blanket, and vague statements about privileges.”
  • Thompson said the committee, which includes seven Democrats and two Republicans, would convene Tuesday evening to vote on adopting the contempt report.

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House Select Committee Investigating January 6 Capitol Attack announced Thursday It would go on to refer former Trump adviser Steve Bannon to criminal contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena.

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Bannon left former President Donald Trump’s White House before hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, temporarily preventing Congress from ratifying President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. Yet he remains a prominent figure in pro-Trump political circles and has continued to advocate for the former president.

Bannon “hides behind the former president’s inadequate, blanket, and vague statements that he’s asked to enforce,” said President Benny Thompson, D-Miss., said in a press release.

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“We completely dismiss his position,” Thompson said. “The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our summons, so we must proceed with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt.”

Thompson said the committee, which includes seven Democrats and two Republicans, would convene Tuesday evening to vote on adopting the contempt report.

Spokesmen for Trump and Bannon did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.

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