Trump ally Steve Bannon indicted for contempt of Congress over Jan. 6 probe subpoena

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  • A federal grand jury indicted former Trump adviser Steve Bannon of contempt of Congress.
  • Bannon faces two criminal charges for refusing to document and testify to House lawmakers investigating the January 6 Capitol attack.

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A federal grand jury on Friday indicted former Trump adviser Steve Bannon of contempt of Congress stemming from his refusal to comply with a subpoena from House lawmakers investigating the deadly Capitol riot .

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Bannon, 67, faces two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to provide documents to congressional investigators and refusing to sit for a statement, Justice Department said in a press release,

“Today’s allegations reflect the department’s firm commitment to these principles,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in the statement.

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A lawyer for Bannon told the House Select Committee in October that he would not comply with his subpoena because former President Donald Trump had instructed him to “not produce any documents or testimony in connection with the privileged material.”

Bannon was a senior White House adviser during the first seven months of Trump’s tenure. He was fired by Trump ahead of the 2020 presidential election and the January 6 Capitol riot, which are the subject of a select committee investigation.

Selection committee chairman Benny Thompson, D-Miss. rejected the reference to executive privilege, the doctrine that allows certain executive branch officials to keep certain communications confidential, as an argument for non-compliance with a congressional subpoena.

Shortly thereafter the selection committee sent a contempt motion to the full House of Representatives, which voted 229–209 to hold Bannon in contempt.

Each count of contempt of Congress is an offense punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine.

A date has not yet been set for Bannon to appear in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

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