WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection has set a vote to recommend criminal contempt charges against former White House aide Steve Bannon after he defied the panel’s subpoena.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) stated that Tuesday’s vote by the panel would be to recommend charges. The panel would then recommend the charges to the full House.
If the House approves Bannon’s contempt charges, the Justice Department will determine whether to pursue prosecution.
Bannon was asked to provide documents and testimony by the committee. He had been in contact with President Donald Trump before the attack. Bannon’s lawyer said he won’t appear after Trump directed him not to.
Thompson, chairman of the Jan. 6 committee, said in a statement Thursday that the committee will not tolerate defiance of its subpoenas, so they “must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt.”
A deposition was also planned for Kashyap, an ex-official of the Trump Defense Department. However, Patel will not be appearing, according to two people who were familiar with the plans and spoke with them. The Associated PressAnonymously. People said that Patel is still interacting with the committee.
“The Select Committee will use every tool at its disposal to get the information it seeks, and witnesses who try to stonewall the Select Committee will not succeed,” wrote Thompson in his statement. “All witnesses are required to provide the information they possess so the Committee can get to the facts. We’re grateful to the many individuals who are voluntarily participating and to witnesses who are complying with subpoenas, including several who met the deadline to begin producing materials to the Select Committee. We’re moving ahead quickly to get answers for the American people about what happened on January 6th and help secure the future of American democracy.”