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Bannon subpoenas Pelosi and members of House Jan. 6 committee to fight contempt charges

Bannon, a conservative brandon who previously served as chief strategist and senior adviser to former President Donald Trump, was charged with two counts of contempt of Congress in November 2021 after refusing to testify and produce documents. He pleaded not guilty.

Bannon’s legal team last week subpoenaed 16 lawmakers and congressmen to testify in the July trial and produce documents, according to one of Bannon’s attorneys and copies of the subpoenas provided to CNN. The subpoenas targeted the nine members of the select committee, three committee staffers and House of Representatives General Counsel Douglas Letter. Bannon also subpoenaed House Democratic leaders, including Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Rep. Jim Clyburn.

A spokesperson for the House committee declined to comment. Spokespersons for Pelosi, Hoyer and Clyburn did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Historically, it has been difficult to compel members of Congress to testify because their legislative activity is protected by the Speech and Debate clause of the Constitution.

“In this particular case, I’m extremely confident that staff and members of the House would be protected by the speech and debate clause,” said Thomas Spulak, who served as general counsel in the House of Representatives in the 1990s.

Lawmakers and staffers could file a motion to quash subpoenas on these grounds.

“I’m very confident the defense will hold up, and they won’t be forced to produce anything or appear for anything,” Spulak said.

Bannon’s attorneys seek to challenge the composition of the House Select Committee, question lawmakers’ motives for targeting Bannon, and argue that Bannon was not required to testify because to do so could have compromised executive privilege. former President Trump.

“I believed from the start that it was a purely political motive to go after Bannon,” said David Schoen, one of Bannon’s lawyers. He said if the committee really wanted Bannon’s testimony, they wouldn’t have fired him on criminal contempt charges.

“They’ll never get his testimony now,” Schoen said. “I have to draw the conclusion that this is purely a political message. They’re afraid of the message that Bannon is putting out there.”

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Other Republicans also challenged the committee’s legitimacy and refused to testify. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy refused to comply with a subpoena, saying it was not legally valid. Trump’s former White House adviser Peter Navarro, who was charged with two counts of contempt of Congress, also refused to testify and cited issues of executive privilege and claimed that his subpoena from ” kangaroo committee” was inapplicable.

The subpoenas also ask the targets to turn over a list of documents, including material relevant to the creation of the committee, the decision to sack Bannon for criminal contempt, and communications with one of Bannon’s attorneys. In the case of Democratic Representatives Adam Schiff and Jamie Raskin, Bannon’s team also requested documents regarding their recently published books.

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