The oral argument took hours. The result is not hard to predict.
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A federal grand jury indicted former Trump adviser Steve Bannon for contempt of Congress on Nov. 12. The indictment lists two counts for Bannon’s failure to testify before the Jan. 6 House select committee and for a failure to produce documents after receiving a subpoena for both.
The contempt case against Bannon is actually more complicated than it looks.
The Jan. 6 committee should not rush to hold Mark Meadows in contempt. It should instead take the time to develop a record that leaves him no wiggle room to hide behind the ambiguities inherent in executive privilege.
Jonathan David Shaub is an assistant professor of law at the University of Kentucky. He is a former OLC attorney and the author of a series of recent Lawfare posts on executive privilege, witnesses, documents and the Jan. 6 committee.
The report outlines the committee’s efforts to get Bannon to comply and his failure to do so.
On Oct. 18, former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against: Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol; the House Select Committee; David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States; and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
The January 6 investigating committee in the House is busily issuing subpoenas, collecting documents and negotiating with witnesses for depositions. It is also being defied by certain witnesses, and the former president is threatening to try to stop the National Archives from turning over material related to his activities and communications during and leading up to the January 6 insurrection.
Democracy is dependent on the good faith of people in power. The Senate Judiciary Committee’s new staff report shows how fragile fidelity stands as a bulwark against anti-democratic efforts.
The House select committee on the Jan. 6 attack has set out to uncover an enormous amount of information with significant obstacles to overcome in the process. With so much to cover in such little time, one committee investigation won't be enough to answer all the unresolved questions.