Jan. 6 Committee says they may hold Bannon in Criminal Contempt for defying Subpoena

According to a new report from Yahoo News “The House Select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection said it is close to referring former Trump adviser Steve Bannon to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution, due to his lack of cooperation with its subpoena.”

Committee chair Bennie Thompson and vice chair Liz Cheney said in a joint statement “Mr. Bannon has indicated that he will try to hide behind vague references to privileges of the former president.”

“We will not allow any witness to defy a lawful subpoena or attempt to run out the clock, and we will swiftly consider advancing a criminal contempt of Congress referral,” they add.

This comes after Bannon’s attorney Robert Costello told the January 6th committee that he was “unable to respond to your request for documents and testimony” because Trump had claimed executive privilege.

“It is therefore clear to us that since the executive privileges belong to President Trump, and he has, through his counsel, announced his intention to assert those executive privileges enumerated above, we must accept his direction and honor his invocation of executive privilege,” Costello explained.

“I stand with Trump and the Constitution,” Bannon himself told DailyMail.