CBS's "Face the Nation" played a part of former Trump tactician Stephen Bannon's podcasts, where he could be overheard saying, "All hell is gonna break loose tomorrow. It's going to be moving. It's going to be quick. And all I can say is strap in. The war room, a posse, you have made this happen, and tomorrow it's game day."
"How premeditated was this attack?" host Margaret Brennan asked Thompson after the clip.
"Well, there's no question. Clearly, the direction of the committee is to look at that premeditation to make sure that we identified. Still, the worst kept secret in America is that Donald Trump invited individuals to come to Washington on January 6th," the House Democrat said.
"Steve Bannon was part of the conversation and the promotion of January 6th, the very podcast we just listened to talks about it. Steve Bannon was in the war room, and he was in the Willard Hotel, doing a lot of things, so that's why we subpoenaed him. That's why we felt it was important for the committee and staff to depose him. But as you saw, he refused to participate," Thompson added.
The comments from the chairman come as the House voted last week to hold Bannon in contempt after he declined to give a statement, completely ignoring their subpoena. Though the vote fell along mostly partisan lines, nine Republicans voted to keep Bannon in contempt, including two members who had not voted to impeach former President Trump.
Trump filed a lawsuit claiming he had the executive right over the committee's plan to gather National Archives records from when Trump was in office and the events after the January 6th riot. Bannon has argued that he is expecting to resolve that case in the field before addressing the subpoena.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who also sits on the select committee, claimed that Bannon's subpoena snub could suggest that the former president was "personally involved in the planning and execution of January 6th."
The January 6th select committee sent Facebook and 14 other social media companies different letters in August demanding records related to the January 6th assault, including documents about the spread of misinformation, efforts to reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, and malign foreign influence in the election.
In his letter to Facebook, Thompson of Mississippi also asked the company about system changes it made to address misinformation, violent extremism, and foreign influence, including banning such material from the platform.