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9 Republicans Side with Dems, Vote to Refer Steve Bannon for Criminal Contempt

House votes in favor of referral as GOP lawmakers cross the aisle

 on 22nd October 2021 @ 10.00pm
the house voter to refer steve bannon for criminal contempt of congress © press
The House voter to refer Steve Bannon for criminal contempt of Congress

As the Democrats continue to push their partisan anti-Trump Jan. 6 investigations, nine Republicans crossed the aisle on Thursday to join Democrats in voting to refer Steve Bannon for criminal contempt of Congress.

The House of Representatives voted to approve a criminal contempt referral for former Trump official Bannon.

Bannon will now be referred to the Department of Justice over his refusal of a subpoena issued by the Jan. 6 investigation committee.

The House voted Thursday, with 229 votes in favor and 202 votes against.

Despite the partisan nature of the committee, several GOP lawmakers joined with Democrats in the vote.

Bannon claimed an executive privilege when he refused to honor the subpoena. 

rino reps  liz cheney and adam kinzinger both voted in favor of the anti trump resolution © press
RINO Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger both voted in favor of the anti-Trump resolution

He didn't work for the Trump administration at the time of the Capitol riot, but he promoted the protests on his podcast and predicted there would be unrest.

Former President Donald Trump has sued in order to prevent documents from his administration to be sent to the committee.

Trump asked President Joe Biden to extend executive privilege over the documents but he denied that request. 

Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) responded that Bannon had a right to argue his case about executive privilege before a court, but added that he did not know if he had a claim to executive privilege or not.

RINO Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois were among the Republicans who voted in favor of the resolution.

Both Cheney and Kinzingerare are on the Jan. 6 House select committee.

"People who now seem to have forgotten the danger of the moment, the assault on our Constitution, the assault on our Congress," Cheney said in a speech on the floor ahead of the vote.

"People who you will hear argue that there is simply no legislative purpose for this committee, for this investigation or for this subpoena."

trump ally steve bannon refused to honor the subpoena © press
Trump ally Steve Bannon refused to honor the subpoena

The matter goes to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland who has not yet tipped his hand as to whether the Department of Justice will pursue criminal charges.

"The Department of Justice will do what it always does," said Garland Thursday, "apply the facts and the law and make a decision consistent with the principles of prosecution."

Bannon faces a punishment of up to a year in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000 if found guilty of contempt of Congress, which is a federal misdemeanor charge.

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