US House set to vote Thursday to send Steve Bannon back to prosecutors

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US House set to vote Thursday to send Steve Bannon back to prosecutors


The House of Representatives is expected to vote on Thursday to return Steve Bannon to federal prosecutors on potential criminal charges related to his challenge to Congress in the investigation into the Jan.6 Capitol uprising.

Donald Trump’s former White House chief strategist faces growing legal peril as he continues to refuse to cooperate with the House select committee investigating violence on Capitol Hill. On Tuesday, the nine-member committee, including two Republicans, voted unanimously to recommend criminal prosecution after Bannon refused to comply with a subpoena calling the appellant to provide documents and testify.

If the entire House decided to recommend contempt charges, the case would likely go to federal prosecutors in Washington, who would then have the power to summon a grand jury. Any final decision to charge Bannon would likely be made at the highest levels of the Justice Department, given the extreme sensitivity of the case and the unusually rare nature of contempt of Congress prosecutions.

If found guilty of contempt, Bannon faces up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $ 100,000.

The House committee investigating the January 6 insurgency has continued to tighten the screws on Bannon. At Tuesday’s hearing, Liz Cheney, the representative for Wyoming who has been a major critic of Trump’s role in inciting the January 6 assault in which five people died, directly addressed accused Bannon of planning the attack.

“Based on the committee’s investigation, it appears that Mr Bannon had extensive knowledge of the January 6 plans and likely played a significant role in formulating those plans,” she said. Cheney added that Bannon and Trump’s refusal to comply suggested that “President Trump was personally involved in the planning and execution of January 6.”

The committee released a 26-page report explaining why Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, should be held accountable to Congress. In it, Bannon is said to have played “multiple roles” including “his role in building and participating in the ‘stop the theft’ public relations effort that prompted the attack. [and] his efforts to plan political and other activities before January 6 ”.

Investigators specifically refer to a rally of the Trump campaign legal team the day before Jan.6 at the Willard Hotel, two blocks from the White House. Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was present with Bannon, and together they reportedly contacted several Republican Congressmen to encourage them to block certification of Biden’s victory.

Also present was Roger Stone, the dirty political con artist, who left the hotel with bodyguards from the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers.

According to Peril, the book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Bannon spoke to Trump from the Willard Hotel. They discussed the resistance of then-Vice President Mike Pence to playing the game with the attempt to overturn the election result.

The committee report also cites in detail the Bannon’s War Room podcast it released on January 5. He said, “It’s not going to turn out the way you think it is,” he told his listeners. “OK, this is going to be quite extraordinarily different. All I can say is, buckle up. Tomorrow is game day. So buckle up. Let’s get ready.

Bannon added, “So many people said, ‘Dude, if I was in a revolution, I would be in Washington. Well, this is your time in history.

Trump called on Bannon and other former aides who were subpoenaed by the House committee not to cooperate. Earlier this month, lawyers for the former president sent a letter to people saying they were covered by executive privilege.

President Biden formally rejected this argument, saying that the question of executive privilege is decided by him and that in his opinion it would not be “in the best interest of the United States” to grant it in this case.

Trump hit back on Tuesday by suing the House committee investigating Jan.6. The legal complaint said the request for the documents was “nothing less than an illegal and vexatious fishing expedition.”

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