“Clearly disrespectful to a subpoena with no apparent basis,” said Mr Robbins, who teaches a lecture on congressional investigations at Brown University. “It’s hard to imagine that this wouldn’t be prosecuted,” he said, describing the invocation of executive privilege as “clearly fraudulent.”
When Congress votes to despise Mr. Bannon, the next step will be to refer the matter to the US attorney in Washington. If the White House determines that any executive privilege claims are not valid, the U.S. attorney’s office will decide, in consultation with senior Justice Department officials, whether to bring the case before a grand jury.
But Mr Shaub said that if Mr Bannon files a lawsuit on the matter, the Justice Department will likely follow past practices and wait for the courts to resolve the case before bringing the contempt charge before a grand jury.
The committee reported that Mr Bannon contacted Mr Trump on 30 December and urged him to focus his efforts on 6 January. The committee was also present at a meeting at the Willard Hotel in Washington the day before the violence, and plans were discussed the next day to try to quash the election results. Mr. Bannon said,tomorrow will be hell”
In private testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Rosen said Mr. Clark had told him that Mr. Trump was preparing to fire Mr. Rosen and that he supported Mr Clark’s strategy of tracking conspiracy theories about hacking of voting booths and fraud. .