(ReliableNews.org) – The House’s January 6th Select Committee recently issued a subpoena to former President Donald Trump’s ex-adviser Steve Bannon to testify before Congress. He refused, citing executive privilege. Democratic lawmakers are now trying to cause legal problems for the conservative radio host.
On Thursday, October 14, the committee moved against Bannon. Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) told reporters that lawmakers will vote on Tuesday to recommend charging the former Trump adviser with criminal contempt for defying the subpoenas.
BREAKING: The House Jan. 6 panel sets a contempt vote for Steve Bannon after the former Trump aide defies a subpoena. The committee has demanded documents and testimony from Bannon, who was in touch with President Trump ahead of the violent attack. https://t.co/AIJ11EJncj
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 14, 2021
On Friday, President Joe Biden expressed a desire to see Trump aides held accountable for refusing to answer congressional subpoenas. However, the Department of Justice seemed less gung-ho about the idea of prosecuting them. DOJ spokesperson Anthony Coley said the department will “make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law.”
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) didn’t like the DOJ’s response to the left’s demands. The lawmaker lashed out, demanding Congress pass a bill to allow lawmakers to enforce subpoenas themselves.
Biden recently rejected Trump’s claims of executive privilege. Bannon was using that as a shield to refuse to testify. However, it remains to be seen whether Congress has any power to force him to give testimony.
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