Washington, D.C. — New reports this afternoon suggest that the House Select Committee to Investigate January 6 may hold longtime Trump-ally Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for his refusal to appear before the panel today even after being subpoenaed. Government watchdog Accountable.US released the following statement encouraging the committee to use its authority and show those involved in the deadly insurrection that they cannot keep evading accountability without consequence: 

“The House select committee should hold Bannon in criminal contempt and do the same for any other individual who refuses to comply with a subpoena and take accountability for their role in the deadly insurrection attempt on January 6th,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “Just because these Trump allies got away with dubious and harmful behavior during the former administration doesn’t mean they can evade accountability forever. It’s time for the committee to use its power and show those involved in the horrific assault on our democracy that there are consequences for standing in the way of justice to promote Trump’s Big Lie at all costs.”  

While Bannon is the first of the committee’s targets to actively defy his subpoena, recent reports indicate that other former top Trump administration officials and aides including Mark Meadows, Dan Scavino, and Kash Patel also plan to dodge their subpoenas at Trump’s direction. 

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