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Steve Bannon in New York in August 2020. Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Jan 6. select committee investigating the Capitol riot released a report and resolution on Monday night that seeks to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena.

Why it matters: The report is the first of several steps that need to be taken to hold the former Trump administration chief strategist in contempt of Congress after he failed to show up for a deposition before the panel last Thursday.

Driving the news: Committee members have warned they would move quickly to hold non-cooperative witnesses who don't comply with subpoenas with contempt.

  • That contempt citation would then be referred to the Justice Department, which would consider whether to bring criminal charges — a process that could take months.

Of note: Bannon's lawyer told the panel in a letter earlier this month that he would not cooperate with the investigation, citing an assertion of executive privilege by former President Trump.

  • But Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the Jan. 6 select committee chair, rejected this assertion in a statement, calling the privilege argument "vague."

What they're saying: The committee said in its report on Monday that Bannon "relied on no legal authority to support his refusal to comply in any fashion."

  • It said that his testimony and document production were "critical" to the panel's investigation into the Capitol riot, noting that statements Bannon made publicly on Jan. 5 "suggest that he had some foreknowledge about extreme events that would occur the next day."
  • Among the examples the committee cited was Bannon's comments on a podcast stating: "All hell is going to break loose tomorrow. ... So many people said, 'Man, if I was in a revolution, I would be in Washington.' Well, this is your time in history."

What's next: The committee is due to meet on Tuesday to vote on the report recommending that the House cite Bannon for criminal contempt of Congress and refer him to the U.S. attorney for D.C. for prosecution.

  • Representatives for Bannon did not immediately respond to Axios' requests for comment.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Media giants back Bannon's bid to release Jan. 6 documents

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon at the FBI Washington Field Office in Washington, D.C., in November. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A coalition of news outlets including the Washington Post is supporting Stephen Bannon's campaign for the release of documents related to his contempt of Congress charges, WashPost reported Wednesday.

Why it matters: WashPost, the New York Times, CNN, NBC, the Wall Street Journal's parent company and others filed a motion arguing that a proposed protective order seeking to prevent the documents from being released violates the First Amendment, per the Daily Mail, which first reported on the news.

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Massage, facial, pedicure... intravenous drip?

A salon on the Upper East Side of New York that offers IV drip therapies. Photo: Jennifer A. Kingson/Axios

IV drips — the kind you might get if you're rushed to the hospital — are trending as a spa treatment, thanks in part to endorsements by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Madonna.

Why it matters: Like other "wellness" trends with a whiff of medical imprimatur, IV nutrient drips can be harmless or mildly restorative — or go awry, particularly in the wrong hands.

U.S. sounds alarm on Ukraine

Conscripts line up at a Russian railway station yesterday before departing for Army service. Photo: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.