JUST IN: House Republicans Move To Save Steve Bannon, Peter Navarro From Prison


House Republicans, led by Congressman Eric Burlison (R-MO), have introduced a resolution aimed at rescinding subpoenas and contempt of Congress charges against key figures like Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro. The maneuver seeks not only to clear their legal hurdles but also to challenge the foundation of the controversial January 6 committee.

The resolution, backed by 24 Republican lawmakers, calls for an immediate withdrawal of the subpoenas issued by what Burlison and his supporters described as an “illegitimate January 6th Committee.” The group of Republicans characterized the committee as a partisan tool aimed at undermining former President Donald Trump and his closest advisors. They say that the committee’s actions were not just overreaching but fundamentally flawed in their legal basis and execution.

The move comes shortly after a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Bannon’s criminal conviction for contempt of Congress, related to his non-compliance with a subpoena from the January 6 committee. Bannon, who had been fighting this verdict, faces a four-month prison sentence set to begin on July 1 unless this new legislative effort alters his fate.

Steve Bannon speaks during CPAC Conference 2024 at Gaylord National Resort Convention Center in Washington DC on February 24, 2024

U.S. District Judge Nichols initially put Bannon’s four-month prison sentence on pause during his appeal. However, Nichols changed his stance on June 6, stating that the original reasons for delaying the sentence no longer apply. The decision followed a unanimous ruling against Bannon’s position by a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals panel last month. The committee sought Bannon’s testimony and documents as part of their investigation into the breach of the U.S. Capitol. Bannon was charged with contempt of Congress after he failed to comply with the subpoena. He did not appear for his deposition nor did he provide the requested documents, citing executive privilege as his defense.

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The resolution introduced today, however, aims to redefine the narrative around the events of January 6. Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) explained, “The Republican House should, by an official vote of the House, declare the subpoenas on Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro to be illegitimate and repealed.”

This sentiment was echoed by Representative Bob Good (R-VA) who wrote, “The Democrats’ attempts to hold patriots such as Steve Bannon and Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with an illegitimate committee are textbook examples of our government being weaponized against political enemies. These men have bravely fought for America-first values and against the Swamp.”

Washington, DC US – May 31, 2022: Peter Navarro, former Director of Trade and Industrial Policy and former Director of the White House National Trade Council.

Critics of the January 6th Committee have long argued that its composition and procedures were not in accordance with established congressional norms. They claim that the committee was unbalanced, lacking equal representation from both major political parties, and say it focused more on dramatic public hearings than on thorough legal procedures.

“The committee’s own rules required equal apportionment between Republican and Democratic members, as well as the appointment of 13 members, but Nancy Pelosi refused to allow it,” claimed Representative Andy Ogles (R-TN).

Representative Dan Bishop wrote (R-NC), “The illegitimate January 6th committee was focused on two things – escalating the political witch hunt against President Trump and getting on television. In their zeal to do so, they trampled on all manner of longstanding legal precedent and House rules.”

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