Thomas Massie Urges House To Repeal Subpoenas For Trump Allies

One of American conservatives’ favorite congressmen, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), is calling on his fellow Republicans in the House to repeal the subpoenas issued to Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro by the Jan. 6 Committee. Massie argues that these subpoenas were illegitimately issued and that their repeal could prevent Bannon and Navarro from serving their sentences for contempt of Congress.

In response to Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) statement that the GOP should have kept the Jan. 6 Committee long enough to repeal the subpoenas, Massie took to social media to support the idea. “The Republican House should… declare the subpoenas on Bannon and Navarro to have been illegitimately issued, and vote to repeal them,” Massie wrote. Paul had lamented that his suggestion was ignored when Republicans took control of the House in 2022.

Bannon and Navarro were both charged with contempt after ignoring subpoenas from the Jan. 6 Committee. Navarro has already started his four-month sentence, while Bannon is set to surrender by July 1. Repealing the subpoenas could potentially nullify their contempt charges, removing the basis for their convictions.

Massie also called on House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) to rescind the subpoenas, stating, “why don’t we rescind the Congressional subpoena for Steve Bannon and officially repudiate the J6 committee by a vote of Congress?” Massie responded to criticism by urging Americans to contact Johnson, emphasizing that public support is crucial for legislative action.

Some users expressed doubt that the GOP will act on Massie’s suggestion, given previous inaction on similar issues. Maybe if Congress had a “Best Excuse for Inaction” award, they’d have a new category to compete in.