New Bill Aims To Revoke Jan. 6 Subpoenas Against Trump Aides

A new measure introduced by House Republicans seeks to revoke congressional subpoenas issued against former top advisers to President Donald Trump. The resolution was brought forward by Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Eric Burlison (R-MO), and Thomas Massie (R-KY) and aims to rescind all subpoenas issued by the January 6th Committee, which was dissolved after Republicans regained a majority in the House following the 2022 midterm elections.

The resolution would also reverse all contempt of Congress charges against individuals who defied the subpoenas, including former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and former Trade Adviser Peter Navarro. “The Committee was used as a political weapon with a singular focus on taking down Trump and his advisors through the intentional manipulation of facts and the silencing of the minority party,” said Rep. Burlison on X. “The subpoenas issued by the illegitimate Committee for Bannon, Navarro, Scavino, and Meadows were insufficient and should be rescinded, and the contempt of Congress referrals based on those subpoenas should be withdrawn.”

The committee, established by then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), faced accusations of partisanship. When then-House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) attempted to appoint Republicans to the committee, Pelosi refused to seat Reps. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Jim Jordan (R-OH), prompting McCarthy to withdraw all his Republican picks. Pelosi then appointed anti-Trump Republicans Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) to the Democrat-dominated committee, leading to widespread criticism of the committee’s legitimacy.

Bennie Thompson (D-MS), the former chairman of the January 6 committee, responded to the new resolution, stating, “Thankfully, this resolution will have no impact.” Thompson emphasized that the subpoenas were thoroughly litigated, with contempt charges reaching the Supreme Court. “Sadly, it’s just the latest attempt by House Republicans to subvert the rule of law and do Donald Trump’s bidding. Nothing will exonerate Trump from his actions on January 6 and nothing will change the fact that Bannon and Navarro are convicted criminals.”

Bannon and Navarro have been convicted on charges of contempt of Congress and sentenced to four months in prison. The Department of Justice declined to prosecute former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and former Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino. The resolution currently has 22 co-sponsors.

 

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