It will even element the committee’s efforts to safe Bannon’s cooperation with its subpoena and his refusal to cooperate with the probe.
(*6*) introduced subpoenas of Bannon and three different former Trump administration aides on Sept. 23. Trump final week advised all 4 males to stiff-arm the committee, as POLITICO first reported, however the committee has mentioned two of these ex-aides, Kash Patel and Mark Meadows, are participating with investigators. Bannon’s lawyer, nonetheless, has advised the committee he won’t adjust to the subpoena.
Forcing him to comply will probably be a serious check for the committee, signaling to quite a few different witnesses simply how a lot stress investigators will exert to safe cooperation.
The end result of the committee’s vote on holding Bannon in contempt is all however a foregone conclusion, as members have indicated for weeks that they might possible deploy prison contempt in opposition to recalcitrant witnesses. If the panel approves holding him in contempt, the committee would ship the decision to the House flooring for an additional vote.
If the complete House, slated to reconvene subsequent week, votes to hold Bannon in contempt — which can also be all however sure, as Democrats have a slim majority — then the matter will probably be referred to the U.S. Attorney for Washington D.C. for prison prosecution.
It’s unclear whether or not the Justice Department would move rapidly following House motion. Attorney General Merrick Garland has not indicated how he’ll deal with such referrals, although he’s slated to testify to the House Judiciary Committee subsequent week and is probably going to be pressed on the matter.
The performing U.S. Attorney for Washington D.C., Channing Phillips, is a career official who has overseen the Capitol investigation for months. Biden has nominated a everlasting successor for the function, Matthew Graves, however the Senate has not but confirmed him.
If the Justice Department prosecutes Bannon and secures his conviction, he would face up to a year in jail and up to $100,000 in fines. He has the choice to attraction, and the courts would decide whether or not to delay penalties through the appeals course of.
Despite the tough and unpredictable course of, committee members say they hope the specter of prison fees pressures witnesses to cooperate, fairly than undergo a expensive and onerous authorized course of. Those threats have labored to compel cooperation in earlier congressional inquiries, and witnesses hardly ever try to see your complete prison proceedings by way of.
But the Jan 6 committee additionally faces a decent deadline, because it seeks to compile a full report on the assault by the spring.