I rise in support of this resolution to refer Stephen Bannon to the Department of Justice for prosecution for contempt of Congress.
You know, it didn’t have to be this way. Mr. Bannon, a self-professed patriot, could have done the patriotic thing—and cooperated with our bipartisan committee.
If Mr. Bannon is proud of the role he played in connection with January 6th, he should be eager to tell his side of the story.
Instead, he’s acting like a man who has something to hide.
Our committee seeks only the truth. That is our legal charge and our moral obligation. We cannot let any individual impede our inquiry. We will not tolerate Mr. Bannon’s evasion.
Why must we be so unrelenting in our pursuit of truth? Because, on January 6th, the greatest nation on earth came under attack.
This attack wasn’t carried out by officials in Beijing, Moscow, or Tehran, or by foreign terrorists.
It was an attack conducted by our fellow citizens—regular Americans who were radicalized because they believed outrageous lies fed to them by other Americans in positions of power and influence.
The attack was launched against the seat and symbol of our republic.
It was designed to disrupt the certification of the presidential election results. To defy the will of the voters.
This was no peaceful protest in the proud American tradition. It was violent and vicious.
Members of the mob wielded weapons. They called for the death of the vice-president. They hunted Members of Congress.
They caused severe harm to law enforcement officers who defended these hallowed grounds and the people who work here.
America is not just a place, but an idea—and January 6th was an attack on the very idea of America. It was an assault on democracy and the rule of law. It was a desecration of the principles and values that have made America exceptional.
Patriots of all political stripes should want to protect this Capitol, our country, and her constitution.
Our committee will make a full accounting of what happened. We’ll make recommendations to ensure it never happens again. We won’t be deterred.