The work of the January 6th select committee is coming to an end sooner rather than later, and there isn’t a whole heck of a lot to show for it.
The group, despite its massive scope and unfettered access to a great many of those involved, was only willing to make one criminal referral in the case, charging media mogul Steve Bannon for contempt of Congress after he refused to be subpoenaed to testify.
Bannon was convicted on that charge weeks ago, and is now facing sentencing. On Monday, the Department of Justice revealed their recommendation for Bannon’s potential prison sentence.
The Department of Justice is arguing former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon should be sentenced to six months in prison and fined on contempt of Congress charges after defying orders from the Jan. 6 committee.
“The committee sought documents and testimony from the Defendant relevant to a matter of national importance: the circumstances that led to a violent attack on the Capitol and disruption of the peaceful transfer of power,” prosecutors argued. “In response, the Defendant flouted the Committee’s authority and ignored the subpoena’s demands.”
The requested charges come after a jury convicted Bannon on a pair of contempt of Congress charges in July after he refused to comply with a subpoena from the Jan. 6 committee to sit for questioning. The former White House aide also refused to turn over documents requested by the panel.
Bannon was specifically targeted by the committee after it was revealed that he was in attendance at the alleged Willard Hotel meeting that the committee has attempted to construe as somehow nefarious, despite having provided no evidence of such a slant.