DemDaily: Update On The Insurrection
October 22, 2021
Yesterday, the US House of Representatives voted to hold former Trump advisor Steve Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol.
Bannon, one of more than a dozen former senior Trump administration officials who has been subpoenaed, has refused to cooperate, saying that Trump had asserted executive privilege and instructed Bannon to defy the subpoena.
Despite the urging of House GOP leadership to vote against the action, nine Republican members, including the two on the Select Committee, voted in favor of the resolution, which now goes to the Justice Department for potential prosecution.
The Select Committee will "conduct an investigation of the relevant facts and circumstances relating to the attack on the Capitol, identify, review, and evaluate the causes of and the lessons learned from this attack, and submit a report containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations to prevent future acts of violence."
July 27: In its first hearing,“The Law Enforcement Experience on January 6th,” the Committee heard first-hand testimony from four members of the U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.
August 25: Chairman Bennie Thompson announced the Committee’s first round of demands for records, giving the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and seven other Executive Branch agencies a two-week deadline to produce materials. Thompson also renewed and expanded upon requests of other committees from earlier this year, including from the FBI, intelligence community, and from the Office of the President and Vice President.
August 27: The Committee demanded records from 15 social media companies dating back to the Spring of 2020.
September 23: The committee issued subpoenas to top White House officials and Trump advisers, including former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Daniel Scavino, former Defense Department official Kashyap Patel, and former Trump advisor Stephen Bannon. The four were to submit documents by October 7th and sit for a deposition in the future.
September 29th: Subpoenas were issued to 11 people who were responsible for events and rallies preceding the Capitol riot, including the "Stop The Steal" rally attended by former President Trump on the day of the attack.
The individuals include Katrina Pierson, former Trump campaign official, reportedly involved in the organization of the January 5th and 6th rallies and in direct communication with the former president about the rallies. Amy Kremer, and Kyelie Kremer, co-founders of Women for America First ("WFAF"), which held the permit for the rally, and Cynthia Chafian, founder of the Eighty Percent Coalition.
Others included Caroline Wren and Maggie Mulvaney, Justin Caporale and Tim Unes of Event Strategies, Megan Powers, Hannah Salem, and Lyndon Brentnall of RMS Protective Services.
Most, if not all, reportedly complied with an October 13th to hand over documents and records, and to appear at individual depositions before the committee this month.
"Any person who willfully refuses to provide testimony or documents subpoenaed by Congress, including committees of the House, is potentially liable for contempt of Congress under 2 U.S.C. §§ 192, 194. Contempt of Congress is a crime that may result in a fine and between one and twelve months imprisonment." - Select Committee on the January 6th Attack
October 6: The Guardian and Politico reported that Trump and his attorneys were instructing the four Trump aides subpoenaed on September 23 to defy the orders and not comply with both the requests for documents and testimony.
October 7: Trump announced that he would assert executive privilege to withhold the documents the Committee had requested in August. The Committee issued further subpoenas to Ali Alexander, and Nathan Martin of Stop the Steal LLC.
October 8: The White House announced Biden would not honor Trump's request to assert executive privilege to stop NARA from providing these documents. However, White House counsel Dana Remus advised NARA that the challenged documents were to be released following a 30-day courtesy warning to Trump.
October 13: The Committee subpoenaed former Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark who promised, if promoted, to help Trump overturn the election results. Former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen, who resisted Clark's efforts to interfere with the election outcome, was interviewed by the Committee.
October 14: After Stephen Bannon did not appear for his scheduled deposition, Chairman Thompson said, “Mr. Bannon has declined to cooperate with the Select Committee and is instead hiding behind the former President’s insufficient, blanket, and vague statements regarding privileges he has purported to invoke. We reject his position entirely (and) will move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt."
October 18: Trump filed suit to prevent NARA from turning over the records to the Committee at all, or at least to allow him "to conduct a full privilege review of all of the requested materials." In response, Committee Chairman Thompson and Vice Chair Cheney stated, “The former President’s clear objective is to stop the Select Committee from getting to the facts about January 6th and his lawsuit is nothing more than an attempt to delay and obstruct our probe. Precedent and law are on our side."
October 21: Following the unanimous recommendation of the Select Committee, the full House of Representatives voted 229-202 in favor of the resolution to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress.
"On January 6, a mob breached the perimeter of our Capital, assaulted and injured more than 40 officers, engaged in hand-to-hand violence over an extended period, and invaded and occupied the United States Capitol building. All in an effort to halt the lawful counting of electoral votes and reverse the results of the 2020 election." - Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY), Select Committee Vice Chair, Opening Statement 10/19/21 Hearing
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Sources: US Congress, House Select Committee, Politico, Washington Post, CNN, NPR