House Capitol attack committee seeks contempt charges after Steve Bannon defies subpoena
Committee makes first moves to hold Trump ally in criminal contempt for defying its subpoena; Decision is expected to be unanimous to authorize a criminal referral for Bannon to the Justice department
October 14, 2021
A key operator in Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign and on his White House team, Steve Bannon was due to give a deposition today behind closed doors to the special House of Representatives committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. Bannon had been subpoenaed but, apparently on Trump’s instruction, refused to turn up. Former Trump administration aide Kash Patel was also supposed to appear for questioning but failed to do so, the Guardian reports.Tomorrow, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino are expected to appear on Capitol Hill to answer subpoenas from the committee. And yesterday, the committee issued a subpoena to top Trump justice department official Jeffrey Clark, escalating its inquiry into the former president’s efforts to reinstall himself in office despite his resounding election loss, and Clark’s role relating to anything involving the January insurrection.
“The reason why some of these witnesses, people like Steve Bannon, who have been public about their contempt for Congress feel they can get away with it is for four years, they did,” committee member Adam Schiff said on MSNBC. Schiff, who also chairs the Intelligence Committee, noted that Bannon had refused to cooperate with the House’s Russia investigation during the Trump administration because he “would never be held in contempt.”
”He would never be prosecuted by the Trump Justice Department. But those days are over. And I view that not only as essential to our investigation but I also view this, the enforcement of the rule of law, as an early test of whether our democracy is recovering,” the California Democrat added.