The turncoat Republicans in the US House of Representatives have thrown their lot in with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Democrat-Socialists once again. This time, the target was one of opportunity: Steve Bannon. The neo-Conservative moderate wing of the GOP, once the establishment in power and deeply resentful for having lost their primacy are now seeking to punish every symbol of the America-First Republicans. Nine Republicans led by the likes of Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) voted alongside the Democrats to refer Bannon for criminal contempt of Congress after the former White House Chief Strategist obeyed the instructions of President Trump’s counsel and did not respond to a subpoena from Nancy Pelosi’s hyper-partisan Jan. 6th witch hunt. The vote carried out October 21st was 229-202, with every Republican but the nine voting against.
Executive Privilege Versus Democrat’s Contempt of Bannon
Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) announced on Oct. 14th that the Democrat-Socialists in power intent to “move forward” and seek Bannon’s prosecution as reported by Patriot United News.
“The Select Committee will not tolerate the defiance of our subpoenas,” Thompson said in a statement.
In full Thompson wrote, “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. The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt. I’ve notified the Select Committee that we will convene for a business meeting Tuesday evening to vote on adopting a contempt report.”
Thompson went on to threaten,
“The Select Committee will use every tool at its disposal to get the information it seeks, and witnesses who try to stonewall the Select Committee will not succeed. All witnesses are required to provide the information they possess so the Committee can get to the facts.”
President Trump’s lawyers informed Bannon and Congress that neither Bannon nor Trump are under any obligation to respond to them due to President Trump’s assertion of executive privilege.
The New York Post wrote, “In the Wednesday letter to Thompson, Bannon’s lawyer said he’d been told that Trump “is exercising his executive privilege” and that Bannon was instructed by the ex-president’s lawyer “not to produce documents or testify until the issue of executive privilege is resolved.”
The other seven members of Congress who voted to hold Bannon in contempt were: Nancy Mace (R-SC), Peter Meijer (R-MI), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), Fred Upton (R-MI), John Katko (R-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA).
These RINO sellouts voted to hold Steve Bannon in contempt! pic.twitter.com/q82oTfAT1n
— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) October 23, 2021
According to Axios, “Rep. Greg Pence (R-Ind.), whose brother Mike Pence was one of the high-profile targets of the Jan. 6 attack, was the only Republican who didn’t vote. “Congressman Pence has a family medical emergency he is attending to, however, he would have voted no,” a Pence spokesperson said.”