The House select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night recommending that former Trump aide Steve Bannon be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena.

Why it matters:The resolution sets up a House vote to refer Bannon for potential criminal prosecution, signaling that the committee will not tolerate attempts by former President Trump and his associates to stymie the investigation.

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How we got here:Bannon failed to turn over subpoenaed documents or appear for his deposition on Oct. 14, citing a blanket assertion of executive privilege that Trump has sought to extend to several of his former aides and any records from his time in the White House.

The other side:Bannon’s lawyer has insisted that the dispute is between Trump and the committee, and that he will comply with the subpoena if required to do so by a court. Contempt of Congress is punishable by a maximum fine of $100,000 and up to a year in prison.

The big picture:Trump sued the committee and the National Archives on Monday in an effort to block any records from being released — a strategy that he deployed repeatedly as president, forcing Democrats to engage in years-long legal battles and stalling their investigations.

What they’re saying:”The former president’s actions represented a unique — and existential — threat to our democracy that can’t be swept under the rug,” White House spokesman Michael Gwin said in response to the lawsuit.

Cheney, the vice chair of the committee, said that Bannon and Trump’s privilege arguments suggest the former president was “personally involved in the planning and execution of Jan. 6.”

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