As the Democrats continue with their House Jan. 6 select committee, in what many believe is nothing more than a desperate ploy to score extra points ahead of a midterm election season in which they’re expected to take a beating, a bombshell new twist emerged this week.
According to Fox News, because of his refusal to comply with a subpoena request, the special committee voted to hold former Trump adviser Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for his refusal to cooperate with their Jan. 6 investigation.
“Mr. Bannon stands alone in his complete defiance of our subpoena. That’s not acceptable,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS). “No one in this country, no matter how wealthy or how powerful, is above the law.”
According to a report issued by the select committee, it claims that Bannon had “specific knowledge about the events planned for January 6th before they occurred,” dialing in on specific remarks he made less than 24 hours before the Capitol riot occurred, in which he stated, “all hell is going to break loose tomorrow.”
After passing the select committee, Bannon’s contempt vote will be sent to the full House floor for yet another vote. Depending on the outcome, which given the current thin majority Dems hold will likely result in a majority vote against Bannon, the contempt charge will then be sent to the Justice Department to decide whether or not to prosecute.
Should all of the aforementioned steps transpire against Bannon, the former Trump adviser, who is now a popular podcaster, faces the possibility of fines and up to one year behind bars.
Bannon, according to the select committee’s subpoena, was required to show up for a deposition on Oct. 14.
Former President Donald Trump and his legal team had previously instructed all of his former aides and connected individuals to disregard any subpoenas issued by the Jan. 6 select committee.
Only time will tell if Bannon ends up yet another target of anti-Trump Democrats and RINO Republicans, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to watch them make an example out of him in the coming weeks.