House holds Steve Bannon in criminal contempt, refers matter to Justice Department

The resolution passed largely along party lines in a vote of 229-202, with nine Republicans voting in favor of the bill.

Updated: October 21, 2021 - 4:33pm

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The House of Representatives voted Thursday to hold former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress following his refusal to cooperate with the House's investigation of the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.

The resolution passed largely along party lines in a vote of 229-202, with nine Republicans voting in favor of the bill.

Following the House's approval, the contempt-of-congress recommendation will now be sent to the Justice Department, where Attorney General Merrick Garland will decide whether to pursue federal prosecution of Bannon.

According to Reuters, Bannon defied a congressional subpoena that requested documents pertaining to the House Select Committee's investigation of Jan. 6.

The Democratic-led committee has previously said that it will act swiftly to punish any future witnesses who fail to comply with its probe.

If prosecuted, Bannon could face up to a year in prison, as well as a $100,000 fine.

Garland has yet to decide whether the DOJ will criminally prosecute Bannon.

 

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