Steve Bannon Silenced on His Podcast After Being Held in Criminal Contempt

Steve Bannon's podcast has heard an assessment of the vote to hold him in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the committee investigating the January 6 insurrection.

Thursday's 229-202 vote by the House of Representatives against the former aide to ex-President Donald Trump signals intent from Democrats and nine Republicans to back the probe into the events leading up to the U.S. Capitol riots.

"Let's hear about the vote today," Bannon asked Georgia GOP representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, during the latest episode of War Room: Pandemic. "Can you put us in the room and give us the details?"

Greene, an ally of Trump who has repeatedly condemned the January 6 probe, described her anger at "a House resolution to hold an innocent American in contempt, which is you Steve."

Greene took aim at the GOP January 6 committee members, Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY), and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), whom she said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "had put on this witch hunt committee that's nothing but a sham."

"Here they are celebrating voting to hold an innocent American in contempt because you didn't answer the subpoena and show up to their fake committee."

"I had just had it listening to them lie," she said. "They completely lied about you, they lied about President Trump and I was disgusted and furious."

Greene said that although she did not get a chance to speak during the debate, she made her feelings felt after the vote. "I yelled at them on the House floor, I let Liz Cheney have it, I let Adam Schiff have it," she said, referring in the second instance to the California Democrat.

"I couldn't contain myself and I said: 'You people are a joke...all you want to talk about is the riot that happened here at the Capitol, while you care nothing about all the riots that happened to the American people,'" referring to the BLM protests across the U.S.

'Sworn to Silence'

After Greene finished speaking Bannon didn't give his opinion on the vote.

The issued cropped up later in the podcast during a conversation with GOP strategist Boris Epshteyn, who also condemned Democrats and defended Bannon, whom he called an "American hero."

Just prior to that exchange, Bannon hinted that he was unable to talk about the case, "don't make me get the lawyers involved here," adding he was "sworn to silence."

Thursday's vote sets up a referral to the Department of Justice, which will decide whether to prosecute. Attorney General Merrick Garland told a House Judiciary Committee hearing: "We'll apply the facts and the law and make a decision, consistent with the principles of prosecution."

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon
Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon exits the Manhattan Federal Court on August 20, 2020. He asked Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for her take on the House vote to hold him in contempt of Congress. Stephanie Keith/Getty