The House panel investigating the January 6th Capitol riot has denied a request from Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon to delay a vote to refer him for criminal prosecution. The denial comes after Trump filed a lawsuit Monday to black the committee from accessing his administration’s record with the National Archives. Trump claims the move violated executive privilege.
The Hill reports:
A letter from Bannon’s attorney asks for a weeklong delay “so that we might thoughtfully assess the impact of this pending legislation.”
Even before Trump formally filed the suit, Bannon had said he would not comply with the committee’s subpoena until the former president’s executive privilege case was addressed by the courts.
Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) denied the request, calling the committee’s work “extremely important and urgent for the nation.”
“Further delay in compliance by Mr. Bannon undermines the ability of the committee to timely complete its essential responsibilities,” he continued.
The panel is set to vote Tuesday night on Bannon’s criminal referral.