Bannon contempt

October 20, 2021
Bannon contempt

No one in this country, no matter how wealthy or how powerful, is above the law.

Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., who heads the House investigative committee on the January 6th riot on Capitol Hill, on holding Steve Bannon in contempt.
  • The committee is in charge of investigating what happened on January 6th, after a rally in support of President Trump led to a riot. On that day, Congress readied to certify the election results, naming Pres. Biden as the victor.
  • Steve Bannon, a former White House advisor to President Trump, was requested (by subpoena) to appear before the committee; he did not.
  • Bannon is the first of those requested to appear by the committee to be held in contempt.
  • The committee itself is not a court of law; it does not have leverage to punish an American citizen, but can refer the contempt vote to the House of Representatives – which can then refer to the case to the Justice Department.
  • Why It Matters: This is the first of contempt votes by this committee, as Pres. Trump's associates have not appeared to answer questions. In recent years, contempt votes referred to the Justice Department by Democrats or Republicans have not led to charges.

January 6 committee votes to hold Steve Bannon in contempt

by Jenna Lee,