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Steve Bannon. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

The House of Representatives voted 229-202 on Thursday to hold former Trump strategist Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the Jan. 6 select committee.

Why it matters: The Justice Department will now consider bringing criminal charges against Bannon, marking a significant escalation in the Jan. 6 committee's efforts to enforce subpoenas against Trump allies who refuse to cooperate.

Between the lines: If the vote demonstrated Democrats' united front in using any means necessary to uncover facts about Trump's role in Jan. 6, it also showed similar unity among Republicans for opposing the investigation.

  • A total of nine Republicans, including Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) — the two Republicans on the Jan. 6 committee — voted in favor of the resolution.
  • The others are Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), Peter Meijer (R-Mich.),  Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio), Fred Upton (R-Mich.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.).
  • Of the Republicans who voted for the resolution, all but two, Fitzpatrick and Mace, voted for Trump's impeachment in January.
  • Rep. Greg Pence (R-Ind.), whose brother Mike Pence was one of the high-profile targets of the Jan. 6 attack, was the only Republican who didn't vote. "Congressman Pence has a family medical emergency he is attending to, however, he would have voted no," a Pence spokesperson said.
  • House Republican leadership whipped against the bill, telling members the subpoenas go beyond congressional authority and that the select committee "does not get to step into the shoes of law enforcement."

The big picture: Bannon is just one piece of a far broader investigation into the attack.

  • The committee has subpoenaed three other former Trump aides, including former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and nearly a dozen organizers of a rally that preceded the attack.
  • Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the chair of the committee, said Wednesday that Bannon is the only person subpoenaed by the panel who has "totally ignored the process."
  • The committee has also sent document requests to government agencies, as well as social media and telecom companies, to piece together a comprehensive report on the attack.

What to watch: There has not been a successful prosecution under the criminal contempt statute since the Reagan administration. Assuming DOJ does bring charges, experts say it could take months, or even years, for Bannon to be convicted.

Editor's note: This post has been updated with a comment from Pence's spokesperson.

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Jan. 6 committee will vote on holding former DOJ official in contempt

Former acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Clark in Oct. 2020. Photo: Yuri Gripas-Pool/Getty Images

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot announced that it will hold a vote on Wednesday to recommend Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official, be held in criminal contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena.

Why it matters: If the panel votes in favor and the resolution is approved by the full House, Clark would be the second person held in criminal contempt for refusing to provide information for the Jan. 6 investigation.

Nov 30, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Meadows cooperating with House Jan. 6 select committee

Mark Meadows. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is cooperating with the House select committee in charge of investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, the panel said Tuesday.

Driving the news: Meadows, who failed to appear before the panel earlier this month, is believed to have insight into former President Trump's role in efforts to stop the certification of President Biden's election win.

Progressives call for swift Boebert punishment

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cori Bush (far right) walk through the Capitol last month. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

House progressives are seeking concrete punishment for Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) as retribution for her incendiary remarks against one of their own, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

Why it matters: House Democratic leaders continue to consider their options amid the latest ugly incident in their chamber. Republicans are already threatening retaliation after Democrats stripped Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) of her committee assignments and censured Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.).