The House of Representatives committee investigating the attack on the Capitol unanimously decided on Tuesday to disregard former US President Donald Trump’s chief strategy officer Steve Bannon.
Now the report, approved by the committee’s nine members, seven Democrats and two Republicans, is being sent to the House of Representatives, which must approve it in order to forward the proposal to the Attorney General and Justice Department to indict Trump’s allies of contempt, the US broadcaster reports CNN.
The scorn report mentions the committee’s efforts to get Bannon to comply with a subpoena to testify about the attack on the Capitol while he failed to show up on a scheduled date last Thursday. He also points out that the former adviser would have spoken to Trump directly about the plans for January 6th.
“Mr Bannon appears to have played a complex role in the events of January 6th, and the American people have a right to hear what he has done firsthand,” the commission report reads.
Commission chairman Bennie Thompson has announced that the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the report next Thursday.
The action exacerbates an impending legal stalemate that marks the first test of the committee’s power to counter Trump’s attempts to thwart his supporters’ investigation into the circumstances of the Capitol attack, which injured dozens of law enforcement officers, and obtained Congressional certification Results of the 2020 electoral college.
In particular, Bannon has refused to testify or provide documents to the committee on Trump’s orders. Bannon’s attorney Robert Costello wrote to the committee that his client would not testify or produce any other evidence until the panel reaches an agreement with Trump or a court weighs the executive’s privileges.
The committee has denied executive privilege, while its president has indicated that the former adviser “will pursue the investigation or face the consequences”.
Three other people similarly cited but urged not to cooperate, including former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, have not publicly said whether they will follow his instructions.
Bannon, who co-led the Trump campaign in 2016 and was the leading political strategist until he left the White House in 2017, could potentially face a fine of up to $ 100,000 (approx.
While many previous allegations of disregard for Congress because the presidential administrations were unwilling to prosecute current or former officials, a report released Tuesday by the Congressional Investigative Service suggests this case may be different.
“Bannon appears to be defending executive privileges against the subpoena, which (President Joe) Biden’s government allegedly does not support,” the investigative service said. “Bannon could face more credible threats of prosecution than other recent disregard of Congressional references,” he added.
In addition, the committee’s approval comes a day after Trump filed a lawsuit in the Washington District Court to prevent the National Archives from accessing his presidency’s still-secret records, claiming the motion was too broad.