(DCWatchdog.com) – Breaking Now: Steve Bannon, a one time top aide to former President Donald J. Trump, may soon find himself in handcuffs and dragged before a federal judge for defying a subpoena issued by the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee constructed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to investigate the riot that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. That subpoena ordered him to appear for a deposition today. Bannon did not appear.
Just moments ago, after Bannon’s attorney told the committee for at least the second time that Bannon will not submit to the committee’s subpoena because former President Donald J. Trump had instructed Bannon and several other former officials and aides of his not to comply because he is invoking Executive Privilege in an attempt to protect communications he had when he was President, the committee announced that it would vote to hold Bannon in criminal contempt.
Steve Bannon failed to show up for a scheduled testimony before the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol Riot on Thursday.
In response, the panel set a vote for Tuesday, Oct. 19, to recommend criminal contempt charges against him. https://t.co/kvUoY0vnAD
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In a statement, committee chairman Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson said, “The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt.”
Under the procedures the committee will have to follow once it votes next Tuesday to hold Bannon in criminal contempt, a referral will be made to the Department of Justice asking that Bannon be criminally charged.
If the Department of Justice charges Bannon, he will be arrested and brought before a federal judge. If the judge rules that Bannon is not exempted from testifying because Trump invocated Executive Privilege, Bannon will be ordered to testify. If he then continues to refuse to testify, the judge could jail Bannon until he agrees to testify.
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