• By The Financial District

U.S. House Vote Holds Trump Acolyte Steve Bannon In Contempt

The House has voted to hold Steve Bannon, a longtime ally and aide to former President Donald Trump, in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, Mary Clare Jalonick reported for the Associated Press (AP).


Photo Insert: The vote to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena Thursday was 229-202 with all but nine GOP lawmakers who voted saying “no.”



In a rare show of bipartisanship on the House floor, the committee’s Democratic chairman, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, led the floor debate along with Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, one of two Republicans on the panel. Still, the vote Thursday was 229-202 with all but nine GOP lawmakers who voted saying “no.”


The House vote sends the matter to the US attorney’s office in Washington, where it will now be up to prosecutors in that office to decide whether to present the case to a grand jury for possible criminal charges.



It’s still uncertain whether they will pursue the case — Attorney General Merrick Garland would only say at a House hearing on Thursday that they plan to “make a decision consistent with the principles of prosecution.”


The partisan split over Bannon’s subpoena — and over the committee’s investigation in general — is emblematic of the raw tensions that still grip Congress nine months after the Capitol attack.


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Democrats have vowed to comprehensively probe the assault in which hundreds of Trump’s supporters battered their way past police, injured dozens of officers, and interrupted the electoral count certifying President Joe Biden’s November victory.


Lawmakers on the panel say they will move swiftly and forcefully to punish anyone who won’t cooperate with the probe. “We will not allow anyone to derail our work, because our work is too important,” Thompson said ahead of the vote.



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