US Capitol Riot Probe Cites Steve Bannon for Criminal Contempt

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WASHINGTON, October 14 (Sputnik) – The US House Select Committee investigating the January 6 events at the US Capitol will cite former Breitbart media chief Steve Bannon for criminal contempt for refusing to testify before it, Congressman Bennie Thompson said on Thursday.

“Mr. Bannon has declined to cooperate with the Select Committee,” Thompson said. “We reject his position entirely. The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt.”

The congressman from Mississippi said Bannon was trying to hide behind former President Donald Trump’s efforts to invoke privileges protecting him from having to testify.

“I’ve notified the Select Committee that we will convene for a business meeting Tuesday evening to vote on adopting a contempt report. … The Select Committee will use every tool at its disposal to get the information it seeks, and witnesses who try to stonewall the Select Committee will not succeed,” Thompson said.

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