Politics Here are the 9 Republicans who broke ranks and voted to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress
Bannon will be held in contempt. What does that mean, and what powers does Congress have?
The committee on the Capitol riot scheduled a Tuesday hearing to vote on holding Steve Bannon, a former adviser to Trump, in congressional contempt.The committee scheduled a Tuesday hearing to vote on holding Bannon in congressional contempt.
- Nine Republicans joined Democrats to hold Steve Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress.
- Republican leaders urged members to vote against the contempt resolution.
- The final vote was 229-202, and the DOJ will now weigh whether to formally charge Bannon.
The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to hold Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist and a close confidant of former President Donald Trump, in criminal contempt of Congress. The vote will trigger a referral to the Justice Department, which will then decide whether to bring formal charges against Bannon.
The Jan. 6 committee will vote to hold Bannon in contempt. Here's what we know
Bannon served a prominent role in Donald Trump's first campaign, then in the White House. Trump and Bannon stayed in touch ahead of the Capitol riot.Now, the committee is ramping up its efforts to compel him to testify and deter others they have subpoenaed from not cooperating.
The final vote was 229-202, with 9 Republicans joining Democrats to hold Bannon in criminal contempt.
Here are the Republicans who broke party lines:
- Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney
- Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger
- Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer
- Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez
- Michigan Rep. Fred Upton
- New York Rep. John Katko
- South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace
- Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick
- Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler
Cheney and Kinzinger were widely expected to vote to hold Bannon in contempt given that they both serve on the select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection. Both lawmakers, as well as Meijer, Gonzalez, Upton, Herrera Beutler and Katko, joined Democrats in voting to impeach Trump over his role in catalyzing the deadly riot.
January 6 panel approves Steve Bannon criminal contempt report
The House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol formally approved holding Steve Bannon, one of former President Donald Trump's closest allies, in contempt of Congress on Tuesday night, setting up a key House vote later this week. © Pool Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson told CNN on Tuesday that he expects the full House to vote on criminal contempt charges for Bannon before the end of the week, and a source familiar with the floor schedule told CNN the plan is for the the chamber to vote on the referral on Thursday. After the full House vote, it would then get referred to the Justice Department.
Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson initially voted "yes" on the contempt resolution but later changed his vote to a "no."
Mace said after her vote that although she voted against the select committee, it's now a "duly formed" panel.
"I'm going to fight for subpoena powers that no matter who's in power because we've got to have the opportunity and the ability to investigate," the South Carolina lawmaker.
Thursday's vote to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress came after he defied a subpoena from the January 6 select committee calling on him to provide documents and testimony in connection to his actions before, during, and after the siege.
House Republican whip Steve Scaliseearlier Thursday urging members to vote against the measure, arguing that Democrats were "pursuing a partisan agenda to politicize the January 6th attack." And House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said at his weekly news conference that the subpoena was "invalid."
Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Steve Bannon in contempt
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection voted unanimously to hold former White House aide Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress after the longtime ally of former President Donald Trump defied a subpoena for documents and testimony. Still defending his supporters who broke into the Capitol that day, Trump has aggressively tried to block the committee’s work by directing Bannon and others not to answer questions in the probe. Trump has also filed a lawsuit to try to prevent Congress from obtaining former White House documents.
"He has the right to go to court to see if he has executive privilege or not," McCarthy said of Bannon. "I don't know if he does or not, but neither does the committee."
Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, the chair of the House Democrats' campaign arm, said he will use Republicans' opposition to attack them in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.
"You better believe it," Maloney said. "They should be accountable for undermining the rule of law. Voters should care about that."
Maloney added that he hopes the contempt vote will produce cooperation between "witnesses whose testimony Americans deserve to receive" and the January 6 select committee.
House votes to hold Steve Bannon in criminal contempt .
The House of Representatives voted to hold Trump administration adviser Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress on Thursday. The vote fell largely along party lines: 229-202, with nine Republicans voting with Democrats.