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House holds Steve Bannon in criminal contempt

Steve Bannon speaks at a political rally in Virginia on Oct. 13. Associated Press/Photo by Steve Helber

House holds Steve Bannon in criminal contempt

Nine Republicans joined every House Democrat to hold the former White House aide and strategist in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the committee investigating the Capitol riot on Jan. 6. The U.S. attorney’s office in Washington will decide whether to take a case against Bannon to a grand jury for criminal charges. A trial could take several years.

What happened? Bannon missed a mandatory deposition and said he cannot testify until executive privilege issues are resolved. Former President Donald Trump has claimed executive privilege can prevent his advisers from having to testify, but President Joe Biden waived the privilege for some of Trump’s documents in the National Archives. Although Bannon was not working for Trump on Jan. 6, records indicate he spoke with the president before the riot and publicly supported Stop the Steal protests that preceded it.

Dig deeper: Read Onize Ohikere’s report in The Sift about Trump’s last-minute pardon for Bannon.

Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.



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You know what bothers me about this piece? And all the others in WORLD Magazine that talk about Jan. 6th? You keep calling it a "riot" rather than a protest ~ and maybe I missed it but I've yet to see where you called any of the BLM "protests" riots, where they burned and looted and numerous folks were either hurt or killed.

not silentfamily8plus6sofar

I think I can help you, family8plus6sofar. I did a search for the word "riot" on the World website and found several articles, including one written by Sophia Lee and posted May 27, 2021 called "A Year of Riots." Underneath the article was this quote: " Two Pacific Northwest cities remain a hub for violent race protests a year after George Floyd's death, and some local leaders and churches say the vandalism and extremism have hindered real racial progress." Another, written by Rachel Lynn Aldrich and posted on January 21, 2021 had this title: "Leftists Riot in the Pacific Northwest." There were many others.

family8plus6sofarnot silent

Thank you; I'm sorry and I should have searched myself, before making that statement.

Tom Hanrahanfamily8plus6sofar

May you be greatly Blessed for that gracious response, sofar. Not everyone would have done the same. Kudos.

not silentfamily8plus6sofar

No worries, family8plus6sofar. There's a LOT of news, and info is constantly changing and being updated. It can be overwhelming. At minimum, it's hard for any of us to remember everything we've read.

Salty1not silent

These are 2021 articles and there were many were they didn’t call them riots so she is at least partly correct. I am grateful that World started reporting with accuracy that they were riots.

not silent

The writer of the Book of John called Jesus the Logos, which was a term used by the Greeks for universal wisdom or knowledge. May God fill his people with wisdom today! Jesus called himself "the Way, the Truth, and the Life." May he grant us knowledge of the truth and defeat the author of lies.

Big Jim

This is a dog and pony show meant to divert attention away from the many failures of the Biden Administration. They are hoping to preserve their slim Congressional majorities in 2022.

Tom Hanrahan

When Congress (or any legal authority) tells you to show up, there are legitimate consequences when you don't. Mr. Bannon will pay those consequences. If he testifies, we than can better understand the truth. And we as God's people should all want the truth.

As opposed to the post below that is IMHO about as loony as flat earth theory. Ask the police officers, over 100 of whom were injured that day (broken bones abounded) if the FBI implanted a large number of agents. See what they have to tell you.

Salty1Tom Hanrahan

You are a Bannon hater - it is obvious. You continually push back against the notion of the stolen election. You are gleeful when they attack Trump. You spread the left’s talking points. May God judge you for He is a righteous judge.

Here also is a source from Tucker Carlson


The left MSM and social media always cover for the bad actors on the left so their denials should be taken with a grain of salt.

Tom HanrahanSalty1

In that link, from June, Mr. Carlson states
"those law enforcement officers participated in the riot. Sometimes in violent ways." and
"FBI operatives were organizing the attack on the Capitol on January 6"
based on his speculation that since the govt has not release some things, the above must be true.
Which is (a) absurd, and (b) has proven to be false.
We now know who shot Ashli Babbitt. It was an officer trying to protect our representatives from being overrun as one of the protesters tired to climb through into the room. It was not some planted govt agent helping to organize a riot.
Tucker is wrong on this particular point, and wrong in general premise on this issue. That is a not a "left talking point". It is 2+2=4.
But I do agree that our God is a righteous judge!

Salty1Tom Hanrahan

Carlson states his points carefully but there are many examples where the FBI are doing more than just investigating dangerous groups. The whole “Russian Collusion” narrative that was pushed turned out to be illegal spying on Trump. They used the FISA Warrants to illegally investigate Trump for political purposes and attempt to remove a sitting president without a justifiable cause. We are seeing how brazen they have become using their investigative powers for political ends. Certainly, you have heard them threaten parents at school board meetings?
Tucker says the following:
“Trevor Aaronson's book ‘The Terror Factory’ analyzed every terrorism prosecution from 2001 to 2013. Aaronson found that at least 50 defendants were on trial because of behavior that the FBI had not only encouraged, but enabled. FBI agents were essentially the plotters in these crimes. They made the crimes, crimes.“
The same thing is happening with the January 6th riots where the chief ones behind the attack were the FBI. The FBI made this a priority to get everyone so the fact that many were not indicted says a lot more is happening. Tucker Carlson says the following:
“ In all, Revolver News reported that there are, quote, ‘upwards of 20 unindicted co-conspirators in the Oath Keeper indictments, all playing various roles in the conspiracy, who have not been charged for virtually the exact same activities — and in some cases much, much more severe activities — as those named alongside them in indictments.’
Huh? So it turns out this white supremacist insurrection was, again, by the government’s own admission in these documents, organized, at least in part, by government agents.”
So this is not absurd and it is not proven false. There remain many unanswered questions about the Capital protest which the FBI, Pelosi, Big Tech and the media used to “protect the election - I mean steal” for Biden.

More evidence giving concern:

not silentSalty1

Salty, I'm sorry; but I don't understand your comment. On one hand you speak of God's judgement and how he is a righteous judge (that part I DO understand!); but, on the other, you claim his judgement will come against someone who "pushes back against the notion of the stolen election" or who "spreads the left's talking points."

My Bible doesn't say anything about the "left" or the "right." But it DOES say a lot about truth, grace, and compassion.

I doubt many people would consider World Magazine part of the "left." Not only that, they explicitly state that their goal is to present news from a biblical perspective. They have consistently presented evidence that the election was not stolen. You are free to disagree, of course; but, if you are going to invoke God's judgement, I would ask that you back it up using God's Word. Thanks.

Salty1not silent

The Bible says a lot about the left and right. Just list down what each party believes and the Bible is full of verses! How about abortion? How about homosexuality? How about transgenderism? How about fiscal responsibility? How about a two tiered justice system? How about rigged elections?
You can state your goal is X when sometimes it is Y. World commendably does a good job most the time but they are swayed by fear of being too radical. I don’t think they are doing anything malicious, but I think they are missing the story where they really haven’t investigated anything. At least I haven’t seen anything noteworthy.
I have been smelling a rat here for a long time concerning the break-in of the Capital. This craziness will continue and eventually I think many will catch on. I know my views on this issue my be viewed by some as extreme, but watching the left inflate the Jan 6, 2021 “Insurrection” and weaponize it using the Left’s Media, Big Tech, the Democrats, the Ranking Democrats, and the FBI (part of the deep state), identifies it as a political narrative. Wise people should be able to identify this.

Here is the article with some more details of why we should be concerned:


not silentSalty1

Thanks for your response, Salty; but you still didn't give evidence from God's word why someone who "pushes back against the stolen election" deserves God's judgment. I guess I am also wondering why you assume World Magazine says what they do out of fear when they explicitly state otherwise.

Respectfully, Salty, I keep trying to bring this back to God and his Word and I keep getting responses that are political. (It's not that I don't care about politics; it's that I care MORE about God and his Word.)

The Bible says, " For our struggle is not with flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12

And "Stand firm, then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests." Ephesians 6:14-18


This is tyranny and abuse of power where the real culprits are the Democrats who orchestrated the January 6th riots. Pelosi had full knowledge of the risks where the intelligence agencies informed her but she purposefully did not take preventive measures. Interestingly, the FBI or other agencies had a large number of agents implanted on January 6th to actually foment the break-in to the Capital Building. Ashli Babbitt was one of the people who was drawn into the left’s trap for they needed a dead body. As she attempted to break into the inner building through a window the unarmed woman was shot in the neck by a Capitol Police Officer who performed the execution. Right after she was shot one of the undercover police or FBI signaled a thumbs up to the police who shot the woman. She died shortly after.

But why would they do this, you might ask. Having just stolen the election, they were afraid of pushback they would get. They feared the election would not be certified so this large show was put on to shut up the talk about the stolen election. It too was meant to push the Republicans to certify the election quickly and without fight. It is amazing how well they orchestrated and pushed forward the Republicans to do their bidding!

How grossly sick are these people! But they would not stop at this but encircled the Capital Building with barbed wire to create the appearance of a major insurrection with soldiers stationed around the building with big guns at their ready. All this was done to squelch the pushback against the stolen election and to put Trump on the defensive with another impeachment.

A lot of evil is going on in our country, with the godless taking control. Biden is a disaster where he is hardly aware of what is happening. He reads his little cards and you wonder who wrote them. Who is the puppet master behind the man?

Lord, let the scales come off the eyes of so many Christians who take in the leftist reporting as if it was the truth. Let us not be naive but look with wisdom at what is happening today. Lord, let your people have strength and wisdom to put a stop to the insanity. Please protect your bride the church!