On Thursday, nine House Republicans voted with the entire Democratic House membership to hold former White House strategist Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for supporting Donald Trump’s claim of executive privilege in the January 6 conversations.
This includes two Republicans who voted against impeaching the former president after he left office for alleged incitement of insurgency in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
The nine House Republicans are Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., John Katko, R-N.Y., Peter Meijer, R-Mich., Fred Upton, R-Mich., Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Nancy Mace, R-S.C.
Fitzpatrick and Mace did not vote to impeach Trump, but they have generally broken from the party on some votes, according to The Hill.
Liz Cheney, the sitting member of the January 6 Committee, blasted Steve Bannon from the House floor on Thursday.
“He must have been aware of, and may well have been involved in, the planning of everything that played out on that day. The American people deserve to know what he knew and what he did,” Cheney said without providing any evidence whatsoever to back up her claims.
The House Republican leadership urged Republicans to vote against referring Bannon to the Justice Department for prosecution for failing to comply with the panel’s subpoenas for Bannon’s testimony about his personal conversations with the president on Jan. 6.
Bannon cited Trump’s use of executive privilege in private conversations with the president, but the committee rejected that on Jan. 6, saying Bannon had to testify because he did not have executive privilege.
The committee has also rejected Trump’s request to invoke executive privilege, claiming that it no longer applies because he is no longer the president.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., wrote in a notice to The Hill that the committee “is more interested in pursuing a partisan agenda to politicize the Jan. 6 attack rather than conducting a legitimate good faith investigation into the security failures leading up to and on that day.”
Trump: “The Insurrection took place on November 3, Election day. January 6 was the protest!”
Today, President Trump released a simple statement to give a summary of the past year.
“The insurrection took place on November 3, Election Day. January 6 was the Protest!” – President Donald J. Trump
Greene clashes with Cheney, Raskin on House floor
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), tangled with two members of the Jan. 6 committee on the House floor Thursday, getting into an impromptu shouting match over Black Lives Matter.
Greene first pressed Raskin — who led the Democrats’ prosecution of Trump during his impeachment trial after the Jan. 6 attack — asking him when he would investigate the violence surrounding the Black Lives Matter protests, according to Raskin.
“Like with Kyle Rittenhouse who went and killed two Black Lives Matter protesters?” Raskin replied to her. “I’m sure there will be an opportunity for us to get to that.”
“This is a joke,” Greene said, her voice rising, referring to the Jan. 6 investigation and the Bannon contempt vote. “Why don’t you investigate something people actually care about?”
Just a day earlier, Greene had railed against Cheney in an interview with The Hill after the Wyoming Republican suggested that Trump had been involved in the planning of the Capitol attack.
“Liz Cheney is a liar, and you can quote me on that,” Greene told The Hill. “She’s a liar and she’s only serving her own interests, which is to tear Trump down. She’s a liar. It’s a scam. It’s a witch hunt. It’s a joke committee, and I think it’s a waste of taxpayers’ dollars.”
“She’s just jealous and she hates Trump,” Greene added. “Nobody cares about Liz Cheney. I think that’s the biggest story — Nobody cares about Liz Cheney or their stupid committee.”
“I told them they’re a joke. This whole thing is a waste. They don’t care about the American people, the national security crisis at the border, our nearly $30 trillion debt,” Greene told The Hill. “They don’t care about all the jobs people are losing. They don’t care about the walkouts with vaccine mandates.”
“They just want to go on and on about the riot and then lie to everyone and call it an insurrection,” Greene said.