The Republican representative’s statement came at a meeting of the House committee investigating the violent insurgency. The committee voted unanimously to hold the former White House adviser in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena for documents and testimony regarding the attacks.
Ms Cheney, who is the vice-chair of the committee and one of two Republicans on it, said their investigation showed Mr Bannon “appears” to have “had substantial prior knowledge of the plans for Jan. 6 and probably played an important role in formulating these plans.
“Mr. Bannon was in the Willard’s war room on January 6th. He also appears to have detailed knowledge of the President’s efforts to sell millions of Americans the election stolen fraud, ”said the Republican representative from Wyoming.
In its report, the committee argued that Mr Bannon had made statements suggesting he was aware in advance of the “extreme events” of January 6, when Congress was to certify Democrat Joe Biden as the winner. of the presidential election.
In his Jan. 5 podcast, Mr Bannon said, “Hell is going to break loose tomorrow. The next day, thousands of Trump supporters descended on Capitol Hill and clashed with the police. He left five dead, including a Capitol police officer, while hundreds were injured.
“To use the words of many who participated in the January 6 attack, the violence that day was a direct response to President Trump’s repeated claims -om election night to January 6 – that he had won the election, ”Ms. Cheney added.
Americans are entitled to Mr. Bannon’s first-hand testimony on all of these relevant facts, but Mr. Bannon refuses to provide it, Ms. Cheney said. She then added that Mr. Bannon’s refusal to comply with the subpoena left the committee “with no choice but to seek consequences.”
But in an Oct. 13 letter to the committee chair, Representative Bennie Thompson, Mr. Bannon’s attorney, said his client, acting on the orders of Mr. Trump’s attorneys, “would not produce any documents or testimony. Until the former president’s claim for executive privilege is resolved in court or through a settlement agreement.
While the legal doctrine of executive privilege protects certain communications between a president and his advisers, the contempt resolution rejects Mr. Bannon’s claim that he was fired from his job at the White House in 2017 and that he was a mere citizen when he spoke to Mr. Trump before the attack. .
Mr. Bannon’s and Mr. Trump’s arguments of privilege “seem to reveal one thing,” Ms. Cheney said. “They suggest that President Trump was personally involved in the planning and execution of January 6. And this committee will get to the bottom of it.