Washington — Former Chief Adviser to President Donald J. Trump, Stephen K. Bannon, faces criminal contempt on Thursday, chairman of the House of Representatives investigating an attack on the Capitol on January 6 He said he would vote to encourage him to do so. Fees for refusing to comply with the summons.
The move is about access to key witnesses and documents that can shed light on what caused the riots when the Protrump mob attacked and confused the Houses of Parliament, with the Election Commission and the former president. The formal number of votes in Congress confirming President Biden’s elections will escalate what is shaped to be a major court battle between.
Bannon claims administrative privilege to protect White, so panel opposes the subpoena following instructions from Mr. Trump, who told former aides and advisers that they should not cooperate in the investigation. After notifying the president of the house deliberation or document involved from disclosure.
“Mr. Bannon refuses to cooperate with the Election Commission and instead hides behind the former President’s inadequate, inclusive and vague statement about the privileges he is trying to exercise,” said Benny of the Mississippi Democratic Party. -Member Thompson and the chairman of the committee said in a statement. .. “We completely reject his position. The Special Committee does not tolerate the rebellion of the subpoena and must proceed with the procedure to introduce Mr Bannon for criminal insult.”
Under federal law, a person summoned as a witness to Congress and refused to comply could be fined $ 100 to $ 100,000 and misdemeanor with a one-month to one-year imprisonment. ..
A committee governed by the Democrats is expected to agree to pursue such penalties on Tuesday, which is an insulting quote to Full House, which almost certainly has a vote to approve it. Will be sent. It would send a problem to the Department of Justice, where officials would advise Mr Bannon to file a proceeding.
The tedious process reflects the challenging reality that Democrats are working to advance the investigation. Parliament is a legislative body, not a law enforcement agency, and its ability to coerce and punish fraud is inherently limited. The investigative tools are as powerful as the court decides, and the process of conducting a legal battle to secure important information and witnesses can be lengthy.
Bannon’s lawyer, Robert J. Costello, said in a letter to the Commission Wednesday that his client would not write or testify “until an agreement with President Trump” about the claim of executive privilege. Said. Receive a court decision. “
The Biden administration refused to give Mr. Trump privileges, but the matter could end in court. And for Bannon, who hasn’t been an executive official since he left the White House in 2017, his claims are particularly sparse as they relate to conversations and documents about the January 6 attack.
In the first batch of subpoenas, the Special Committee ordered four former Trump administration officials — Mr. Bannon. Mark Meadows, White House Chief of Staff. Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino Jr. Pentagon Chief of Staff Kash Patel will sit down for testimony this week and provide documents and other resources related to the investigation.
The Commission said Meadows and Patel were in contact with the panel. Sources familiar with the Commission’s negotiations said legislators were likely to delay the two men before testifying. Mr. Scabino only received a subpoena last week.
On Wednesday, the Commission issued a subpoena to Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department who was involved in Mr. Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The Commission’s actions are for the former president to use the Justice Department as a top executive to verify false allegations of fraudulent elections and invalidate the results.
In a personal testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Rosen tells Clark that Trump is preparing to dismiss Rosen and pursues conspiracy theories about voting booth hacking and fraudulent elections. He said he would support Mr. Clark’s strategy.
“Well, you won’t be fired by anyone working for me,” Rosen told Clark.