Trump ally Steve Bannon is indicted for contempt of congressional investigation subpoena on January 6

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Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon withdrew from Manhattan Federal Court after the arraignment hearing for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to launder money in Manhattan, New York City, on August 20, 2020.

Andrew Kelly | Reuters

On Friday, a federal grand jury charged former Trump adviser Steve Bannon (Steve Bannon) for contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena sent by members of the House of Representatives to investigate fatal riots in the Capitol.

A law enforcement official told NBC News that Bannon is expected to become a law enforcement officer on Monday and appear in court later that day.

Bannon is the first person to face charges in connection with a select committee’s investigation into the January 6th invasion, when hundreds of former President Donald Trump supporters lied to Trump for months about the theft of the 2020 election Then rushed into the parliament building.

In a statement late Friday, committee chairman Benny Thompson, Miss Democrat. Comply with their subpoenas.

The Justice Department said in a press release that Bannon, 67, faces two charges of contempt for Congress for refusing to provide documents to Congressional investigators and refusing to testify.

A lawyer for Bannon told the House Special Committee in October that he would not abide by his subpoena because Trump had instructed him not to provide any documents or testimony on “privileged material”.

Bannon served as a senior White House adviser during Trump’s first seven months in office. He was fired by Trump a few years before the 2020 presidential election and the congressional riots on January 6, which was the subject of a select committee investigation.

Thompson refused to mention executive privileges, a principle that allows some executive branch officials to keep certain communications confidential as an argument for non-compliance with congressional subpoenas.

Soon thereafter, the Select Committee issued a contempt resolution to the entire House of Representatives, and the House of Representatives passed the decision to contempt Bannon by a vote of 229 to 209.

Every charge of contempt of Congress is a misdemeanor, with a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

The date for Bannon’s trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has not yet been determined.

“From the first day I took office, I promised to the staff of the Department of Justice that we will jointly demonstrate to the American people through words and deeds that the Department of Justice adheres to the rule of law, follows facts and laws, and pursues equality and justice under the law. ,” Attorney General Merrick added Lan said in a DOJ press release.

“Today’s allegations reflect the department’s firm commitment to these principles,” Garland said.

In addition to claiming that the testimony of his allies may be protected by executive privileges, Trump also claimed that the privileges cover many of the White House records sought by the Select Committee in the January 6 investigation.

But President Joe Biden’s refusal to invoke the privilege of these records prompted Trump to sue the committee in mid-October to block the controversial documents.

On Tuesday, a federal judge dismissed the privilege argument put forward by Trump’s legal team, writing that Trump’s view “seems to be based on the’permanence’ of his executive power… but the president is not the king, and the plaintiff is not President.”

Trump appealed to the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which approved a temporary injunction to suspend the disclosure of White House records.

Trump, who has never given way to Biden in the 2020 election, hinted that he will run for president again in 2024.

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