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Capitol riot committee releases resolution calling for Steve Bannon to face criminal contempt charges
The House Select Committee investigating the January 6th riots at the United States Capitol has taken one step closer to getting former Trump political strategist Steve Bannon hit with criminal charges.
Via Politico's Kyle Cheney, the committee on Monday issued a report and resolution recommending a referral of criminal charges for Bannon, who so far has defied its subpoenas ordering his testimony.
The committee's report began by detailing the reasons it is seeking Bannon's testimony.
"Mr. Bannon appears to have had multiple roles relevant to this investigation, including his role in constructing and participating in the 'stop the steal' public relations effort that motivated the attack, his efforts to plan political and other activity in advance of January 6th, and his participation in the events of that day from a 'war room' organized at the Willard InterContinental Washington D.C. Hotel," the committee writes. "Although he was a private citizen not employed by the White House at the time, he reportedly spoke with Mr. Trump directly regarding the plans for January 6th on at least one occasion."
The committee then outlined the legal statute that it says "makes clear that a witness summoned before Congress must appear or be 'deemed guilty of a misdemeanor' punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 and imprisonment for up to 1 year."
The full committee is set to vote on a resolution recommending criminal charges for Bannon on Tuesday.
On CNN Monday, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), a member of the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack, tore apart former Trump adviser Steve Bannon's reasoning for defying congressional subpoenas.
"Your select committee just told Steve Bannon once again that he must comply with the subpoena or face possible criminal contempt charges," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "He had until 6 p.m. half an hour ago, to submit a written response if he feels there are any other issues. As far as you know, did he respond?"
"So far as I'm aware, he did not," said Lofgren. "At least I've not been advised by staff that he has. His claim of executive privilege is just really a stretch. First, he was not even an employee of the White House or the federal government and so would not ordinarily be covered by any executive privilege claim. Further, even if that weren't the case, we want to talk to him about conversations he had. The plot that he may have held with other people, with organizers in the political arena. With political figures. Both in the Congress and in state legislatures. That has nothing to do with his communications with the former president."
She then warned that the committee's patience had run out.
"You can't just say, well, I'm not coming in," continued Lofgren. "The law requires when a subpoena has been dually issued, as this one was, to come in and make your case. State your case about why you think you are excused from telling the truth. He didn't even do that. So we feel this is behavior is outrageous. Outrageous behavior on the part of Mr. Bannon. We will have a discussion tomorrow night. Take a vote on whether to refer this to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution."
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Donald Trump has just filed a lawsuit to block the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack from being granted access to a mountain of documents from his four years as president held by the National Archives.
Legal experts are weighing in on this latest attempt by the former president to obstruct a lawful investigation.
NBC News reports Trump's lawsuit "says the committee's subpoena is invalid because it has no power of investigation," and it "says the material should be protected by executive privilege," which is also false, according to countless legal experts who have been commenting on that claim for weeks.
Trump is "requesting that the court invalidate the committee's requests and enjoin the archivist from turning over the records in question. At a bare minimum, the court should enjoin the archivist from producing any potentially privileged records until President Trump is able to conduct a full privilege review of all of the requested materials."
Top national security lawyer Bradley Moss appears to be enjoying mocking the lawsuit:
Reminder: the Trump lawsuit means nothing if he doesn’t file an immediate motion for a temporary restraining order… https://t.co/mrrFPm35pV— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1634592883.0
I cannot stop laughing at the pathetic premise of Trump's lawsuit that the Presidential Records Act must be unconst… https://t.co/XDsnUpXFky— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1634590687.0
This rivals the Kraken lawsuits for poorly written lawsuits. I can’t even with this …. https://t.co/n4LK0KxjHb— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1634590356.0
CNN's Keith Boykin, a former Clinton White House aide who has a law degree from Harvard Law weighed in on the news by blasting Trump, saying: “This guy has spent his entire career bluffing his way through life, evading responsibility, dodging accountability, and filing frivolous lawsuits to distract and delay. Justice means nothing in America if Trump is not held accountable for his crimes."
Attorney and upcoming author Luppe B. Luppen:
Trump’s team is seeking either a judicial declaration that the 1/6 committee lacks a legislative purpose (which has… https://t.co/vV5wdGuNtv— southpaw (@southpaw) 1634592457.0
Former Obama White House attorney, now a Law Professor at Cardozo Law and Supreme Court contributor for ABC News calls the suit "remarkably thin."
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