Federal Grand Jury Indicted Bannon after Defying Jan. 6 Subpoena

Former Donald Trump’s adviser and Breitbart executive, Steve Bannon has been indicted on two contempt charges on Friday by a federal grand jury for contempt of Congress after he flouted subpoena by a congressional committee.

He is expected to surrender himself at a DC court on Monday afternoon.

Bannon is charged for refusing to appear before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the US Capitol for a deposition and for refusing to produce documents for the committee.

US Attorney Matthew M. Graves for the District of Columbia said in a DOJ statement, Bannon refused to testify as required by the subpoena issued by the Select Committee and refused to produce documents in compliance with it.

The release notes that each count carries a jail sentence of minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year, as well as $100 to $1,000 fine.

The House voted on October 22, following Bannon’s refusal, to hold him in contempt of Congress, which set the DOJ’s process in motion

Only nine Republicans have joined the Democratic majority in passing the resolution.

The far-right ideologue Bannon is not the only figure subpoenaed by the Committee as part of its probe of Jan. 6 insurrection among then-US President Donald Trump’s supporters to refuse to cooperate with the investigation.

He joins Jeffrey Clark and Mark Meadows, the former -US Assistant Attorney General and the Trump’s then-chief of staff, in refusing compliance.

They all played major roles in Trump’s effort to annul the results of the November 2020 US presidential election, which he lost to Biden, by claiming the ballot count had been fraudulent.

The former US President Trump, who also refused compliance, has tried to protect himself and people around him by using the so-called executive privilege to cast the documents the Committee sought from the National Archives but the federal judges rejected his petitions.

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