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U.S. congressional panel probing Capitol riot sets Bannon contempt vote

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WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee probing the lethal Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol stated it could convene a enterprise assembly on Tuesday to vote on adopting a contempt report towards Steve Bannon, a longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump.

The committee stated on Thursday that Bannon had declined to cooperate with its investigation.

“The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt,” the committee’s Democratic chairman, Representative Bennie Thompson, stated in an announcement.

“All witnesses are required to provide the information they possess so the Committee can get to the facts,” Thompson stated.

An legal professional for Bannon couldn’t be reached instantly for remark.

The subpoena to Bannon is considered one of greater than a dozen issued by the Democratic-led Select Committee, with some depositions scheduled as quickly as this week. It was not instantly clear whether or not former aides to Donald Trump would seem after the Republican former president urged them to refuse to cooperate, citing government privilege.

Thompson dismissed that argument. “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.”

Throngs of Trump supporters pressured their method into the seat of the U.S. authorities on Jan. 6, as Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers met to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s victory within the November 2020 presidential election.

The assault pressured Pence, lawmakers, employees and journalists to flee, and delayed certification of the election consequence for a number of hours. Four folks died that day, one shot to dying by police and the others of pure causes. More than 100 cops have been injured.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle
Editing by Chris Reese and Leslie Adler

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Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon exits the Manhattan Federal Court, following his arraignment hearing for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S. August 20, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo

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