Bannon subpoenas January 6 committee members
Lawyers for former Trump adviser Steve Bannon are seeking testimony and documents from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and other lawmakers, including members of the Jan. 6 committee, according to documents reviewed by Axios.
Why is this important: The push comes ahead of a July trial for Bannon, who was charged with contempt of Congress after refusing to testify about his own conversations with the former president before the Capitol attack.
- Experts have said efforts to compel members of Congress to testify are unlikely to succeed.
- The court ruling, first reported by CNN, also shows Bannon and other Trump associates’ interest in counter-scheduling the committee’s investigation before the start of public hearings on June 9.
What we are looking at: Bannon’s team told Axios that last week they subpoenaed all nine members of the House Select Committee, along with three committee staffers, House General Counsel Douglas Letter, Pelosi , House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (DS.C.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. (D-Md.)
- They are looking for a range of documents, including those related to internal deliberations and documents as part of the January 6 investigation.
What they say : Danya Perry, former Assistant Attorney General of New York and former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, told Axios that subpoenas to members of Congress and their employees “are subject to being overturned. quickly” because of the shields for documents and testimony under the Speech or Debate Clause of the Constitution.
- However, Perry said, some minor exceptions could be invoked, involving marketing materials for the books of Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)
- David Schoen, an attorney for Bannon, told Axios that Raskin and Schiff “now have a vested interest, whether financial, reputational or personal, in ensuring that the committee’s findings are consistent with their books. We don’t can’t have that kind of committee.”
- A spokesperson for the Jan. 6 committee did not respond to requests for comment. Spokespersons for Pelosi, Hoyer and Clyburn did not immediately respond to requests for comment.