House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is now claiming that the subpoena for documents and testimony from Steve Bannon that was issued by the Jan. 6 Select Committee is “invalid” ahead of the House’s vote to recommend that the former White House strategist be held in contempt of court for refusing to comply with requests made by the panel.
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While the panel was issued subpoena power, McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the courts should determine whether Bannon would be covered by executive privilege.
“They’re issuing an invalid subpoena,” he went on to say during a press conference Thursday. “Issuing invalid subpoenas weakens our power, not if somebody votes against it. He has the right to go to the court to see if he has executive privilege or not. I don’t know if he does or not but neither does the committee.”
Bannon was subpoenaed by the panel on Sept. 23, along with former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former White House communications official Dan Scavino and former Pentagon official Kash Patel.
When the House Minority Leader was pressed a bit more on what, exactly, makes the subpoena invalid, he went on to argue that the entire panel itself is actually invalid due to the fact it passed largely along party lines.
“McCarthy has long been critical of the select committee, arguing it is politically motivated. He escalated his criticisms of the panel after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) rebuffed two of his five selections — Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.), both allies of President Donald Trump — to sit on the committee. After the speaker rejected his picks, he opted not to have any of his members serve,” the report said.
The nine person panel, created after a vote that took place back in June along party lines, includes two Republicans, Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger. Both of these individuals defied calls from McCarthy not to participate in the committee.
Members on the committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to go ahead and advance the resolution that recommends the Justice Department pursue criminal charges.