Mr Aguilar was one of nine members of the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurgency that unanimously recommended on Tuesday that Mr Bannon be prosecuted for criminal contempt for defying a subpoena from the Congress to produce documents and testimony relating to the pro-Trump mob attack on Capitol Hill.
“Under the leadership of Chairman Bennie Thompson of the January 6 committee last night, we issued a recommendation for contempt of the House as a whole which we will vote on tomorrow,” Aguilar said in a statement. press conference Wednesday following the weekly House Democratic caucus meeting. . “The next step is to hold a whole house vote to allow the president to certify the criminal contempt referral to the District of Columbia’s United States Attorney, and we expect the United States prosecutor to honor his duty and carry this case. before a grand jury.
Mr. Aguilar stressed that the committee’s action was “not to be punitive” but to “enforce the law”.
“Democrats and Republicans believe it is the duty of every member of this body to uphold our oath and uphold the Constitution. I am proud that my colleagues in the Democratic caucus are ready to take the appropriate steps to honor our oath, and I hope our Republican colleagues are ready to do the same, ”he said.
But aside from the two committee Republicans who voted to despise Mr. Bannon on Tuesday – select committee vice-chair Liz Cheney and Illinois representative Adam Kinzinger – a Republican is unlikely to vote the same. in the room.
A source close to the Republican House leadership who spoke to The independent on condition of anonymity, said Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy and Republican House Whip Steve Scalise will advise GOP members to vote “no” on the measure.
Yet even with almost the entire Unified GOP conference against the contempt resolution, the slim majority of Democrats in the House – plus support from Ms. Cheney and Mr. Kinzinger – means the push to block it will almost certainly be unsuccessful.
Speaking at a Wednesday hearing of the House Rules Committee – the committee responsible for approving the rules for Thursday’s debate – non-commissioned member Tom Cole called the contempt report an “inherently punitive measure” that “Will not help the select committee to obtain the documents or the testimonies which they claim to be seeking”.
Mr. Cole, a Republican from Oklahoma, said the contempt referral against Mr. Bannon was only intended “to further help the political agenda of the House majority,” and complained that the Speaker of the House the House, Nancy Pelosi, had blocked two of Mr. McCarthy’s choices for the select committee – Reps Jim Jordan and Jim Banks -om serving. Ms Pelosi said she did so out of “respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an emphasis on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these members.”
“It was clear when President Pelosi created the committee and unilaterally blocked Republican member appointments by Leader McCarthy that our goal was to ensure that only his chosen story was told,” Cole said.
But Representative Jamie Raskin, a Democrat from Maryland who sits on both the select committee and the rules committee, noted that Republicans in the House and Senate had also opposed the creation of a bipartite, bicameral commission. who reportedly investigated the Jan.6 attack with an equal number of Democrats. and Republicans on the body, and had done so at the behest of former President Donald Trump.
“At that time, we had no other alternative (…) than to create a select committee,” he declared. “We have a bipartisan select committee that is going to get to the bottom of this worst attack on the United States Capitol in Congress since the War of 1812.”