The House Committee formed to investigate the attack carried out at the Capitol Building by a mob of Donald Trump’s supporters moved to hold Steve Bannon in contempt, after he defied a subpoena requiring him to testify as a witness about the events of that day. The next step is up to the U.S. Department of Justice, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has some views about what it should be.
Pelosi appeared on CNN Sunday morning, where she discussed the committee’s work, Steve Bannon’s refusal to comply with a subpoena, and what consequences she thinks he should suffer now that the House has voted in favor of the contempt motion.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Trump ally Steve Bannon should go to jail for failing to comply with subpoena from Congressional committee investigating January 6th. pic.twitter.com/SUIXg9MnCD
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On the question of whether the contempt charge should result in criminal prosecution and even jail time, Pelosi is clear that she thinks Bannon should face the consequences. She has more to say, however, about the unprecedented attack.
“Well, first of all, this hasn’t happened before. We haven’t had an insurrection incited by the President of the United States, and one of his toadies having advance knowlede of that happening.”
It’s in the U.S.Department of Justice now, and as NPR explains, the fate of the contempt charge could go more than one way. It could be referred to the highest levels of the department, even to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, could launch a separate investigation, and result in fines or jail time.
However, legal experts have floated the theory that Bannon could continue to delay to run out the clock until the next eelction, hoping that a shift in Congressional power could put an end to the committee’s investigation.
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