Quigley Statement on House Vote to Hold Steve Bannon in Contempt
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released a statement following the House vote to hold former Trump administration strategist Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for his failure to comply with a subpoena from the Select Committee on the January 6 Attack:
“Not only is holding Steve Bannon in contempt the right thing to do, it is also absolutely necessary. As a member of the Intelligence Committee, I was part of more than four years of investigations into the Trump administration that were continuously stonewalled. If an individual or an entire administration can prevent Congress from fully exercising our Constitutional responsibility to conduct oversight, then the balance of power between the branches of government is well and truly broken. I strongly encourage Attorney General Merrick Garland to prosecute Bannon and enforce Congress’s subpoena authority.
“Bannon had every opportunity to provide information to the Select Committee and he has instead chosen to hide behind the false claim of executive privilege. Other witnesses who are thinking about stonewalling this investigation should take note – Congress is serious about getting this information. This is one of the most important investigations in this institution’s history. We will not be deterred.”