July 4, 2022

House holds Steve Bannon in contempt for ignoring subpoena

The House voted Thursday to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6.

The charge has been sent to the Department of Justice, allowing the DOJ to determine the next course of action regarding Bannon.

Bannon served as an early political adviser to former President Donald Trump. He left his role with Trump in 2017.

Bannon has argued he was not in a role of executive privilege during the events of Jan. 6 and does not need to respond as a result.

The House select committee voted on Tuesday to hold Bannon in contempt, referring the matter to Congress for a vote. Republicans largely opposed the effort, but made no specific call against the vote.

The final vote tally was 229 to 202, with nine House Republicans joining Democrats. Two of the nine Republicans included Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who both serve on the House select committee.

Five of the other Republicans who joined in the vote were among those who also voted to impeach Trump following Jan. 6.

The seven additional Republicans who supported the contempt charge were Reps. Peter Meijer and Fred Upton, both of Michigan, John Katko of New York, Nancy Mace of South Carolina, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington.

Indiana Rep. Greg Pence, brother of former Vice President Mike Pence, abstained from the vote.

The DOJ will now determine the next steps as the Jan. 6 committee continues its investigation.

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