US Congress seeks to compel Bannon testimony in January 6 probe

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Publish Date: 22:36 - 19 October 2021
Tuesday, 19 October 2021 (YJC)_ House committee plans to issue a criminal referral for ‘contempt of Congress’ against top political adviser to Donald Trump.

US Congress seeks to compel Bannon testimony in January 6 probeA US Congress committee investigating the deadly January 6 Capitol insurrection is set to issue a criminal referral on Tuesday against a former top political adviser to ex-President Donald Trump.

The House Select Committee on January 6, composed of seven Democrats and two Republicans, is scheduled to vote on Tuesday evening to issue a referral for criminal contempt of Congress against Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who could face up to a year in prison.

Bannon has refused to comply with a legal demand by a Democrat-led committee of the House of Representatives to be interviewed and supply documents.

The action would unleash a complicated process that would require House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to certify the charge and bring it before the full House of Representatives for a vote. The referral then goes to the US Department of Justice which must decide whether to prosecute the claim against Bannon in federal court, which could take months.

Bannon told the House committee he would not sit for an interview because the former president would be asserting “executive privilege” over his contacts with the former aide.

Thousands of Trump supporters gathered in Washington, DC, on January 6 for a “Stop the Steal” rally to protest Congress certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential election win.

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