Bannon’s lawyer argued that he was complying with Donald Trump’s claim of executive privilege, a position the panel rejected. “We completely reject his position,” said Thompson. While Trump’s claim for executive privilege had merit, Bannon was not an administrative official during the period in question.
According to Washington post, once the committee votes in favor of contempt of Bannon, the prosecution will go to the floor of the House. Assuming it passes, the House will make a criminal contempt referral to the Justice Department, where Attorney General Merrick Garland and federal prosecutors will decide whether to prosecute Bannon for defying the summons. Penalties for a successful conviction could include up to $ 100,000 in fines and up to one year in prison.
Even so, it’s possible that Bannon still won’t comply. In fact, Bannon probably wants nothing more than to be seen as Trump’s martyr.
That said, making an example of Bannon could still prove to be crucial in securing the cooperation of other people who might not be so keen on funding a lengthy legal battle, paying fines, and spending time in it. the heap.
In short, it is essential to hold Bannon and other subpoena scammers accountable, and It remains to be seen where Garland will talk about it.
President Joe Biden has previously rejected Trump’s claim for executive privilege and his White House has expressed support for the Jan.6 inquiry.