Common Cause Urges House Members to Support Steve Bannon Criminal Contempt Charges for Ignoring Congressional Insurrection Subpoena

Today, Common Cause urged every member of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote “yes” on the resolution to certify a criminal contempt citation against Stephen K. Bannon for refusing to comply with subpoenas related to his role in, and knowledge of, the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol – a brazen attempt to overturn the 2020 election which resulted in multiple deaths and left hundreds seriously injured. The letter emphasizes that the House Select Committee investigating the insurrection referred the criminal contempt charges to the full House in a unanimous, bipartisan vote. The letter also notes that Common Cause plans to key-vote this legislation in our Democracy Scorecard, which we send to our 1.5 million members.

“Americans deserve to know the full truth about the attack on our democracy on January 6th at the U.S. Capitol when a violent, racist mob attempted to overturn the result of the 2020 election,” Common Cause president Karen Hobert Flynn told Members. “We deserve the truth and must understand the causes behind the attack that left fatalities and scores of seriously injured in its wake. The truth is vitally important to establish at a time when many – even some Members of Congress – are trying to whitewash the vicious attack by a mob bearing Confederate flags, bear spray, cudgels, and zip ties with bombs and weapons caches hidden nearby. Mr. Bannon has information about the January 6th insurrection, and we Americans deserve to find out what he knows about that deadly day.”

The full House is expected to vote on the criminal contempt resolution later today. Following passage of the resolution by the full chamber, it would be referred to the Department of Justice. If found guilty of contempt of Congress, Bannon would face a fine and up to 12 months in prison.

To read the letter to the full House, click here.

To read the House Select Committee’s Report Recommending that the House of Representatives Cite Stephen K. Bannon for Criminal Contempt of Congress, click here.

To read additional documents related to the report, click here.