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January 6 committee seeks to detain Bannon for criminal contempt

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The Select Committee of the House investigate the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol Seeking to detain former key Trump strategist Stephen Bannon on criminal contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena, committee chair Bennie Thompson said Thursday.

“The select committee will use all the tools at its disposal to obtain the information it seeks, and witnesses who attempt to block the select committee will not succeed,” Thompson said in a statement. “All witnesses are required to provide the information they have so that the Committee can get to the facts.”

In a letter obtained by CBS News, Bannon’s attorney said he was not acting on the “challenge” of the subpoena, and underscored the instructions from former President Trump’s attorney. “President Trump’s counsel has stated that he is invoking executive and other privileges and therefore asked us not to produce any documents or testify that could reveal information that President Trump’s counsel seeks to legally protect,” said his lawyer.

In an interview with CBS News, Congressman Adam Schiff, who sits on the committee, said the panel would meet next week to vote on whether to continue Bannon’s criminal contempt detention. The whole House will then vote on the measure and if a majority supports it, the speaker will send it to the Justice Department for prosecution.

“I think a criminal contempt charge will draw people’s attention to the fact that we are serious about enforcing these subpoenas,” Schiff said. “And I don’t know how many people – I hope very few – will be ready to be prosecuted for serving the corrupt interests of the former president.”

It’s a story of rupture. It will be updated.

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