The committee investigating the assault on the US Capitol approved to hold Steve Bannon, Trump's former adviser, in contempt.
Now the report approved by the nine members of the committee, seven Democrats and two Republicans, will be sent to the House of Representatives.
The committee of the House of Representatives investigating the assault on the Capitol has unanimously approved this Tuesday to declare in contempt of Congress former President Donald Trump Steve Bannon's chief of strategy.
Now the report approved by the nine members of the committee, seven Democrats and two Republicans, will be sent to the House of Representatives, which will have to endorse it to send to the Attorney General's Office and the Department of Justice the proposal to accuse Trump's ally of contempt reports the US network CNN.
The contempt report notes the committee's efforts to get Bannon to comply with a subpoena to testify as a witness to the attack on the Capitol. At the same time, he did not show up for an appointment scheduled for last Thursday. In addition, he points out that the former adviser would have spoken with Trump directly about the plans for January 6.
"Mr. Bannon appears to have played a multifaceted role in the events of January 6, and the American people have the right to hear the first-hand testimony of his actions," the commission's report states.
Commission chair Bennie Thompson has indicated that the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the report next Thursday.
The action intensifies a looming legal standoff that will mark the first test of the committee's power to counter Trump's attempts to thwart his investigation into the circumstances of the attack on Capitol Hill by his supporters, which injured dozens of law enforcement officials and interrupted congressional certification of the 2020 Electoral College results.
Specifically, Bannon has refused to testify or provide documents to the committee at Trump's direction. In addition, Bannon's lawyer, Robert Costello has written to the committee that his client would not testify or bring other evidence until the panel reaches an agreement with Trump or a court weigh executive privilege, collects the agency Bloomberg.
The committee has rejected the executive privilege, while the president of the same has indicated that the former advisor "will comply with the investigation or face the consequence."
Three other people similarly quoted but ordered not to cooperate, including former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, have not publicly said whether they will follow his instructions.
Bannon, who helped run the Trump campaign in 2016 and was its top political strategist until he left the White House in 2017, could potentially be fined up to $ 100,000 and jailed for up to a year if found guilty of contempt Congress.
While many previous citations for contempt of Congress have gone nowhere because presidential administrations have been unwilling to prosecute current or former officials, a report released Tuesday by the Congressional Investigative Service suggests this case could be different.
"Bannon appears to be asserting an executive privilege defense to the subpoena that (President Joe) Biden's Administration allegedly does not support," the Investigative Service report says. "Bannon could face a more credible threat of criminal prosecution than was the case in other recent contempt of Congress references," he adds.
Additionally, the committee's approval comes a day after Trump filed a lawsuit in Washington District Court to block the National Archives from accessing the still-secret records of his presidency, claiming that request was too broad.