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    Former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon wouldn't directly comment on the House vote to hold him in contempt Thursday, saying he's been 'sworn to silence' by his lawyers – although he invited Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on his podcast where she called the Jan. 6th probe a 'witch hunt.' 'Don't make me get the lawyers involved here,' Bannon said when the topic came up on his 'War Room Pandemic' podcast, after the House voted 229-202 to hold him in contempt – setting up a legal clash if the Justice Department decides to prosecute. But Greene, a Georgia Republican, made the case for him. She blasted the select House committee that demanded he appear as 'fake,' and defended his failure to comply with it. She also bashed Reps. Liz Cheney, Jamie Raskin, and Adam Schiff, confirming Raskin's account that she 'yelled at them' on the House floor.  'Here they are celebrating voting to hold an innocent American in contempt because you didn't go answer the subpoena and show up to their to their fake committee that isn't even constitutional,' she...
    The House voted 229-202 on Thursday to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress after refusing to comply with a subpoena to testify before the select committee probing the January 6 Capitol attack. Nine Republicans joined all 220 Democrats in the lower chamber to pass the measure, which was brought to the floor after the 1/6 commission and House Rules Committee voted earlier this week to bring the matter to the full body.  Along with GOP panel members Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, the seven other Republicans who voted for the measure are Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania; Anthony Fonzalez of Ohio; Herrera Beutler of Washington; John Katko of New York; Nancy Mace of South Carolina; and Peter Meijer and Fred Upton of Michigan. The only representative who did not cast a vote on Thursday was Indiana Republican Congressman Greg Pence, the brother of Trump's Vice President Mike Pence. 'If you act deliberately with sneering, cavalier contempt for the American people,' said Representative Jamie Raskin, a member of the committee, 'we will hold you in contempt.' 'We will get to the truth...
    Stephanie Keith/Getty Images The House of Representatives has voted to hold Steve Bannon in criminal contempt. A few Republicans, including Jan. 6 House Select Committee members Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) joined Democrats to vote for the resolution. The overall vote was 229-202, with only 9 Republicans voting yes. Bannon is one of many Trump allies the January 6 select committee subpoenaed in their investigation. The former Trump advisor defied the subpoena, and so the committee pursued criminal contempt charges. Committee Chair Bennie Thompson and Vice Chair Cheney urged colleagues to vote yes in remarks before the vote, followed by a rebuttal from Jim Banks — one of the Republicans Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected for the committee. Earlier Thursday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) dismissed the subpoena as “invalid.” Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    The House on Thursday voted to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the Jan. 6 select committee, setting the stage for him to be criminally charged as Democrats up their fight for firsthand documents about former President Donald Trump’s attempt to reverse the 2020 election. The vote results in a criminal referral to the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, D.C., which must now decide whether to bring charges against Bannon. It comes almost a month after the select committee first subpoenaed Bannon over his communications with Trump about their efforts to overturn the election, an insistence with which Bannon has refused to comply on the grounds of executive privilege. The 221-206 contempt vote included two Republicans voting in favor, even as GOP leadership urged its caucus to vote against it and came two days after the committee unanimously recommended holding Bannon in contempt. “Getting to the truth of what happened or placating the ego of a former president, that shouldn’t be a tough call,” said Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, the chair of...
    (CNN)The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday to hold Steve Bannon, one of former President Donald Trump's closest allies, in criminal contempt of Congress after he defied a subpoena from the committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol.The action marks a significant escalation in how far the panel is willing to go to rebuke individuals who refuse to cooperate as it investigates the violent attack that sought to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.The vote by the full House to hold Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress will set up a referral to the Department of Justice, which would then have to decide whether to prosecute. The passage in the full House comes after the committee formally approved holding Bannon in contempt on Tuesday night, setting up the House vote, which will stand as a warning to potential witnesses about the consequences of not cooperating with the investigation.On Tuesday night, members of the committee blasted Bannon for refusing to cooperate with the panel's probe and warned that he is "isolated" in doing so...
    Steve Bannon on Wednesday asked Matt Gaetz to explain his theory that Bannon's contempt of Congress was 'a set up', asking the Florida Congressman if he felt Joe Biden was in on the act. Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, has refused to cooperate with the January 6 Committee, which is investigating the Capitol riot, and made no attempt to disagree with Gaetz's set-up claims. Donald Trump is also refusing to cooperate, and has told his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, to do the same. As a result, on Wednesday the House Rules Committee voted for a procedure for the House to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress – setting up a bitter floor clash for Thursday over the riot and its aftermath. Bannon then invited the staunchly pro-Trump congressman onto his show to discuss the day's events. 'About Merrick Garland,' Bannon began, referencing the Attorney General. 'Give our audience some inside baseball. 'You're saying the Attorney General is coming out tomorrow. 'And you've said for a while this is all a set up. 'They'll do the committee one night, the...
    WASHINGTON -- A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection voted unanimously Tuesday to hold former White House aide Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress after the longtime ally of former President Donald Trump defied a subpoena for documents and testimony.Still defending his supporters who broke into the Capitol that day, Trump has aggressively tried to block the committee's work by directing Bannon and others not to answer questions in the probe. Trump has also filed a lawsuit to try to prevent Congress from obtaining former White House documents.But lawmakers have made clear they will not back down as they gather facts and testimony about the attack involving Trump's supporters that left dozens of police officers injured, sent lawmakers running for their lives and interrupted the certification of President Joe Biden's victory.The committee's chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said Tuesday that Bannon "stands alone in his complete defiance of our subpoena" and the panel will not take no for an answer.He said that while Bannon may be "willing to be a martyr to the disgraceful cause of whitewashing what...
    Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon exits the Manhattan Federal Court, following his arraignment hearing for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, August 20, 2020.Andrew Kelly | Reuters The select committee investigating the deadly Capitol riot will vote Tuesday evening to advance criminal contempt proceedings for Steve Bannon after the onetime advisor to former President Donald Trump refused to comply with a subpoena. The nine-member panel, comprising seven Democrats and two Republicans, is expected to convene at 7:30 p.m. ET to vote on a report recommending that Bannon be held in contempt, according to NBC News. Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., are expected to give remarks before the vote, NBC reported. The vote comes one day after Trump filed a lawsuit aiming to block the committee from obtaining records related to the Jan. 6 invasion, where hundreds of his supporters stormed the Capitol and forced lawmakers to evacuate their chambers.CNBC PoliticsRead more of CNBC's politics coverage: Supreme Court will consider...
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