There are some lines in politics that, once crossed, cannot be traversed in reverse. Nancy Pelosi’s select committee on January 6th appears poised to make just such a move this week.
The committee, which has been seen by the far-right as just another partisan hit-job against Donald Trump, is now looking to take a leap beyond merely probing the circumstances of the failed insurrection at the Capitol, and it could mean that Pelosi and her Democratic allies are playing with fire.
The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol will vote next Tuesday to hold Trump political adviser Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for not complying with a subpoena.
Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in a statement that Bannon has declined to cooperate with the committee and is instead “hiding behind the former President’s insufficient, blanket, and vague statements regarding privileges he has purported to invoke.”
And he didn’t mince his words.
“We reject his position entirely. The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt,” said Thompson, who said that the vote is scheduled for Tuesday evening.
The move will undoubtedly be considered an escalation by the MAGA Movement and the far-right, and given their already-contentious beliefs about how Jan 6th detainees are being treated, there is the potential for unbridled anger should this scorched-earth approach continue from the committee.