Norman Eisen is the executive chair of the States United Democracy Center. He served as former President Barack Obama's ethics czar and ambassador to the Czech Republic, and was special impeachment counsel to the House Judiciary Committee in 2019-2020. He is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Dennis Aftergut is a former federal prosecutor and co-chair of the Coalition to Preserve, Protect & Defend. The views in this commentary belong to the author. View more opinion at CNN.
The House select committee investigating the January 6 riot appears to be moving swiftly to hold former President Donald Trump's cronies to account. First up is former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who could face charges of criminal contempt for refusing to comply with the committee's subpoena.
It is not enough for the committee that there is already damaging information against Bannon publicly available. There is no substitute for the compulsion of an oath or the power of cross-examination to elicit the whole truth. Such evidence could be used by others, like prosecutors in Georgia, who are relying on the committee's investigation as they determine if Trump broke laws trying to overturn the state's election results.