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Rep. Liz Cheney during a September House hearing at the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images

The Jan 6. select committee investigating the Capitol riot "will move" criminal contempt charges against anyone who doesn't comply with its subpoenas, warned Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the panel's vice chair, Tuesday, per Reuters.

Why it matters: It follows reports that former President Trump told former aides and associates to invoke executive privilege and not comply with congressional requests.

  • Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told CBS Sunday that the panel was "prepared to go forward and urge the Justice Department to criminally prosecute anyone who does not do their lawful duty."

Of note: Cheney told reporters Tuesday that there was unanimous agreement on the panel to take prosecutorial action if required, according to Reuters.

  • "In general, people are going to have to appear, or ... we will move contempt charges against them," Cheney said.

The big picture: The panel last month subpoenaed former Trump administration aides Mark Meadows, Steve Bannon, Dan Scavino and Kash Patel, as well as 11 people involved in planning a rally for the president ahead of the deadly insurrection.

What to watch: Cheney expects to have Meadows' and Patel's depositions with the panel this week.

  • "We'll see if they show up," she said, per Reuters. "If they show up, we'll be prepared."
  • The committee has already warned it will "consider advancing a criminal contempt of Congress referral" for Bannon if he refuses to cooperate.

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House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress

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.

Marjorie Taylor Greene fights with House colleagues during Bannon vote

Reps. Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene attend a hearing Thursday to hear testimony from Attorney General Merrick Garland. Photo: Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images

Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) exchanged harsh words on the House floor amid Thursday's vote to hold former Trump strategist Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress.

Why it matters: The exchange is emblematic of the divisive and emotionally charged nature around the investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Republicans who put it all on the line

Rep. Nancy Mace speaks with reporters after voting to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

A small contingent of House Republicans risked their political futures on Thursday, they say, in the name of constitutional responsibility.

Why it matters: The nine Republicans who voted to hold former Trump aide Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress are now in peril of becoming political pariahs. They've opened themselves up to potential primary challengers and public attacks from their party's kingmaker — former President Trump.