House panel investigating Jan. 6 Capitol riot will move to refer Steve Bannon for criminal contempt

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Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon exits the Manhattan Federal Court on August 20, 2020 in the Manhattan borough of New York City.

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The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol announced Thursday it will move to refer former Trump advisor Steve Bannon for criminal contempt over his refusal comply with a subpoena.

Bannon left former President Donald Trump's White House years before hundreds of Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol, temporarily stopping Congress from confirming President Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election. Yet he remains a dominant figure in pro-Trump political circles and has continued to advocate for the former president.

Bannon is "hiding behind the former President's insufficient, blanket, and vague statements regarding privileges he has purported to invoke," Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in a press release.

"We reject his position entirely," Thompson said. "The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt."

Thompson said the committee, comprising seven Democrats and two Republicans, will convene Tuesday evening to vote on adopting a contempt report.

Spokeswomen for Trump and Bannon did not immediately respond to CNBC's requests for comment.

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