Will Congress Hold Bannon in Contempt?
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas issued by the committee investigating the January 6th attacks on the Capitol. The committee will vote on Tuesday about whether or not to hold Bannon in contempt of congress, which could have major implications for Trump.
Should the committee vote to hold Bannon in contempt — which it is almost sure to do, as a bipartisan majority on the committee has indicated they would take such measures to secure testimony — it would also signal the renewed power of a congressional subpoena…
If the Trump era has taught us one thing, however, it’s that being absolutely wrong about the law in every way is OK if nobody has the will to hold you accountable. Bannon knows that the Democrats simply do not have the strength to punish his lawlessness.
If the committee turns the other cheek, it would preemptively surrender its own investigative powers. Letting Bannon go would invite others to act with the same impunity.