From Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R, IL-16) email explaining today’s vote:
No one is above the law — not the former President, not his former advisors, and not the people inspired to violence by them. It’s that simple.
The January 6th Committee, on which I serve, issued a lawful subpoena for the testimony of Steve Bannon, one of Donald Trump’s key advisors and the man many believe played a role in planning the insurrection. Bannon refused to comply with that subpoena, and as a result I voted to hold him in contempt.
Criminal contempt is serious — Bannon now faces prison time — and I did not take the vote lightly. But it’s hardly surprising. Steve Bannon’s actions might as well be the definition of contemptible. Our committee has already uncovered the following:
- Bannon was involved in the dangerous and dishonest “Stop the Steal” efforts during the post-election period.
- Bannon’s remarks on his podcasts on January 5 suggest possible foreknowledge of the next day’s disruptions: “You made this happen and tomorrow it’s game day. So strap in. Let’s get ready. All hell is going to break loose tomorrow,” he said. “It’s all converging, and now we’re on the point of attack tomorrow.”
- On the days surrounding January 6, Bannon was apparently part of a clique of Trump advisers gathered at a hotel near the White House. The participants in those meetings—Rudy Giuliani, Roger Stone, and John Eastman were among the others present—reportedly “discussed plans to stop or delay the January 6th counting of the election results and persuade Members of Congress to block the electoral count.”
The American people deserve answers, and history deserves a full accounting so we can ensure another day like January 6th never happens again. I’m not messing around — there’s too much at stake. And anyone who seeks to thwart this righteous efforts will come to regret it, regardless of whether the letter after their name is the same as mine or different. The truth is what matters here — not tribes.
I never sought a seat on the January 6th Committee, but when I accepted the appointment, I vowed to follow the truth wherever it may lead without fear or favor. That work continues now, and like you, I remain devoted to saving our republic. Thank you for all you do!
Thus far, none of Kinzinger’s primary opponents have reacted to the Bannon Contempt of Congress vote, or Kinzinger’s vote in favor.
IL-16 Republican challenger Catalina Lauf (R, Woodstock) retweeted Congressman Jim Banks’ (R, IN-03) tweet: