House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer officially announced that the full House will vote on Thursday on the contempt of Congress resolution for Steve Bannon after the Jan. 6 committee approved a contempt report this evening.
“In a shameful rejection of the search for truth, for facts, and for ways to protect our democracy in the future, Mr. Bannon has refused to abide by a subpoena and answer questions before the Committee,” Hoyer said in a statement.
CNN reported earlier today that the vote would happen on Thursday.
What would happen next: Following the full House vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to certify the report to the United States attorney for the District of Columbia. Under law, this certification then requires the United States attorney to "bring the matter before the grand jury for its action," but the Justice Department will also make its own determinations for prosecution.
As severe as a criminal contempt referral sounds, the House's choice to use the Justice Department may be more of a warning shot than a solution. Holding Bannon in criminal contempt through a prosecution could take years, and historically, criminal contempt cases have been derailed by appeals and acquittals.
CNN's Zachary Cohen and Ryan Nobles contributed reporting to this post.