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Kinzinger Speaks on Steve Bannon Contempt Resolution

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Washington, DC, October 21, 2021 | Maura Gillespie (12022253635) | comments
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) spoke on the House Floor today ahead of the vote on H. Res. 730, which would hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena.
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Washington, DC – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), a member of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, spoke on the House Floor today ahead of the vote on H. Res. 730—a resolution to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena. The resolution was ultimately approved with bipartisan support, and will now be sent by the Speaker of the House to the Department of Justice for prosecution.

The Congressman’s full speech can be found here, and his remarks as prepared for delivery can be found below:

Madam Speaker, voting on a criminal contempt resolution is not the position we hoped to find ourselves in, but Steve Bannon went out of his way to earn the resolution before us—and now, we must approve it.

“Mr. Bannon’s willful disregard for the Select Committee’s subpoena demonstrates his utter contempt for the American people’s right to know how the attacks on January 6 came about.  He has advanced a ludicrous legal argument in support of his decision not to cooperate or comply—a decision that defies the rule of law and rejects the will of the American people.

I have no doubt that Mr. Bannon’s scorn for our subpoena is real, but no one—and I repeat no one—is above the law. And we need to hear from him.

“As the Committee’s contempt report states, it was Mr. Bannon who, on January 5th, predicted with chilling accuracy: All hell is going to break loose tomorrow.’

“On his radio show that day, he stated: ‘It’s not going to happen like you think it’s going to happen. OK, it’s going to be quite extraordinarily different. All I can say is, strap in. … You made this happen and tomorrow it’s game day. So strap in. Let’s get ready.’

“And it was Mr. Bannon who is recorded as saying, ‘It’s all converging, and now we’re on the point of attack tomorrow.’

“Mr. Bannon said these things publicly, as a private citizen, someone deeply involved with the “Stop the Steal” movement, and he said them nearly three years after leaving his job at the White House. Mr. Bannon was also reportedly among the small group of Trump confidantes assembled at the Willard Hotel to discuss plans to stop or delay the January 6th vote count.

Is it any wonder that the Select Committee needs to hear from him? That we want to see any related materials he has? Furthermore, does anyone really believe that Mr. Bannon’s actions are covered by a blanket, no-questions-asked claim of executive privilege? One that the former president never actually made?

“Madam Speaker, Steve Bannon is a key witness in the Select Committee’s probe. He has yet to say or produce anything in response to the subpoena. His assertion of executive privilege is far-fetched in the extreme and not his to make.

I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting the contempt resolution to refer Mr. Bannon for prosecution for his reckless disregard for the law and the truth.”

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