© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon leaves the Manhattan Federal Court after being charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York City, New
By Patricia Zengerle
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives special committee investigating the January 6th deadly attack on the Capitol said it would hold a business meeting Tuesday to discuss the adoption of a contempt report against Steve Bannon, a longtime advisor to the former President Donald Trump to vote.
The committee said Thursday that Bannon had declined to participate in its investigation.
“The special committee will not tolerate disregard of our subpoenas, so we must continue the process to expel Mr Bannon for criminal contempt,” said Democratic chairman of the committee, MP Bennie Thompson, in a statement.
“All witnesses must provide the information they have in order for the committee to uncover the facts,” Thompson said.
One of Bannon’s attorneys was not immediately available for comment.
The subpoena against Bannon is one of more than a dozen issued by the Democrat-led special committee, with some statements planned as early as this week. It was not immediately clear whether former aides to Donald Trump would appear after the Republican ex-president urged them to refuse to cooperate, referring to the privileges of the executive branch.
Thompson rejected this argument. “Mr Bannon has declined to work with the special committee and is instead hiding behind the former president’s inadequate, blanket and vague statements about the privileges he has allegedly asserted. We completely reject his position.”
Crowds of Trump supporters broke into the U.S. government headquarters on Jan. 6 as Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers met to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 presidential election.
The attack forced Pence, lawmakers, staff and journalists to flee and delayed confirmation of the election result by several hours. Four people died that day, one shot by police and the other from natural causes. More than 100 police officers were injured.
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