The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot announced it would move forward with criminal charges after Steve Bannon skipped out on his subpoena to testify, insisting he would not do so until the matter of former President Trump‘s executive privilege is settled.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, chair of the select committee, said in a statement that Bannon was ‘hiding behind insufficient, blanket and vague statements regarding privileges he has purported to invoke.’
‘The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt.’
Meanwhile, former Pentagon aide Kash Patel also skipped out on his scheduled deposition before the committee. Lawmakers had previously said Patel was ‘engaging’ with them.
‘He didn’t show up. He’s continuing to engage,’ Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a member of the panel, told CQ Roll Call. ‘We have a limited threshold of patience for that.’
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former White House communications aide Dan Scavino are scheduled to testify on Friday. The committee said Meadows was also ‘engaging,’ though it said nothing of Trump’s former social media wizard Scavino.
Bannon’s lawyer on Thursday wrote a letter to the House select committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson, reiterating to the committee that the former Trump adviser had no intention of testifying.
Bannon’s lawyer, Robert Costello, said that Trump’s lawyer Justin Clark had informed Bannon on Wednesday that Trump would be exercising executive privilege and directed Bannon not to produce documents or testify until the matter had been settled.
The letter argued that ‘Bannon’s position is not in defiance of your Committee’s subpoena.’
‘That is an issue between the committee and President Trump’s counsel and Mr. Bannon is not required to respond at this time,’ Costello wrote.
The House committee last week gave Bannon until this Thursday to appear before them, at which point they threatened to pursue criminal charges.
The House committee last week gave Bannon until this Thursday to appear before them, at which point they threatened to pursue criminal charges
Former Pentagon aide Kash Patel also skipped out on his scheduled deposition before the committee
‘We will not allow any witness to defy a lawful subpoena or attempt to run out the clock, and we will swiftly consider advancing a criminal contempt of Congress referral,’ said committee chairman Bennie Thompson and vice vhair Liz Cheney in a statement last week.
‘Until such time as you reach an agreement with President Trump or receive a court ruling as to the extent, scope and application of the executive privilege, in order to preserve the claim of executive or other privileges, Mr. Bannon will not be producing documents or testifying,’ Costello said. ‘Mr. Bannon will revisit his position if President Trump’s position changes or if a court rules on the matter.’
The letter noted that Bannon had been compliant with subpoenas to testify during the Mueller investigation and before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. ‘In each of those instances, when President Trump waived his invocation of executive privileges, Mr. Bannon testified.’
Costello is a former deputy chief of the criminal division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York.
Bannon is the only one of the top Trump aides subpoenaed on September 23 who was not working for the Trump administration on January 6, the day of the attack on the U.S. Capitol
He also represents Trump aide and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in investigations about his business dealings.
Bannon is the only one of the top Trump aides subpoenaed on September 23 who was not working for the Trump administration on January 6, the day of the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
‘I stand with Trump and the Constitution,’ he told DailyMail.com.
In issuing the subpoena to Bannon, the committee wrote: ‘You have been identified as present at the Willard Hotel on January 5, 2021 during an effort to persuade members of Congress to block the certification of the Election the next day, and in relation to other activities on Jan. 6.’
It also pointed out that he told listeners of his War Room podcast on January 5 that ‘all hell is going to break loose tomorrow.’
For Scavino, the committee referenced tweets sent by Trump’s former social media lead and asked him to turn over video recordings of the president’s message to supporters telling them to go home as the violence unfolded.
The deadline for them to respond was midnight on Thursday.
Lawmakers believe they can win a challenge over executive privilege as Trump is no longer in office and some of those subpoenaed were no longer working for him on January 6.
Lieutenant Byrd was ‘shaking, nervous and teary-eyed’ when he shot dead Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt in Jan 6 Capitol riots, secret report reveals
Lieutenant Michael Byrd, the Capitol cop who shot rioter Ashli Babbitt dead on January 6, was ‘nervous, teary-eyed, and appeared very upset’ after gunning down the Air Force veteran, a secret report has revealed.
More than 500 pages of internal DC Metropolitan Police documents on the fatal shooting reveal witnesses said Babbitt was not carrying a weapon at the time and describe how Lt Byrd was shaken by the event.
Babbitt was a fervent Trump supporter who was killed when she was at the front of a mob trying to climb through a shattered glass door to the Speaker’s Lobby during the riots.
One Capitol Police sergeant whose name is redacted in the report, obtained by Judicial Watch through a FOIA lawsuit, said Byrd was ‘visibly upset’ afterwards, adding: ‘His eyes were red. He was, you could see he was visibly upset and he just, you know, kind of comfort him and told him, you know, we gotta get outta here,’ the transcript of the interview states.
Another police interviewee who was positioned directly behind Byrd in the Speaker’s Lobby, said: ‘Lieutenant Byrd was shaking, he did not say anything…. Byrd was nervous, teary-eyed, and appeared very upset. His voice [was] also shaky when he called for medical assistance over the radio. Lieutenant Byrd was still very upset.’
Lieutenant Michael Byrd (pictured during the January 6 riots) was ‘nervous, teary-eyed, and appeared very upset’ after shooting dead Ashli Babbitt, a report has revealed
Babbitt was a fervent Trump supporter who was killed when she was at the front of a mob trying to climb through a shattered glass door to the Speaker’s Lobby
The internal DC Metropolitan Police documents were obtained by Judicial Watch through a FOIA lawsuit