On November 12th, a federal grand jury indicted former Trump advisor Steve Bannon on charges of contempt of Congress due to Bannon refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by the House committee tasked with investigating in the January 6th incident at the Capitol.
In a press release from the Department of Justice, Bannon was formally charged with two counts of contempt of Congress for his refusal to physically appear and the second count for not handing over requested documentation.
“Bannon, 67, is charged with one contempt count involving his refusal to appear for a deposition and another involving his refusal to produce documents, despite a subpoena from the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. An arraignment date has not yet been set in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a statement regarding the charges, framing the development as being evidence that the Justice Department “adheres to the rule of law” while under his watch.
“Since my first day in office, I have promised Justice Department employees that together we would show the American people by word and deed that the Department adheres to the rule of law, follows the facts and the law, and pursues equal justice under the law. Today’s charges reflect the Department’s steadfast commitment to these principles.”
The House committee issued the subpoena to Bannon back in late September, with said committee claiming that Bannon needed to turn over various documents and appear for a deposition since the committee believes that Bannon might have some insider knowledge relating to the events from January 6th.
It’s unclear if the House committee is trying to somehow forge a connection to former President Trump through framing culpability to the incident at the Capitol by way of deposing Bannon, who served as President Trump’s chief strategist until August of 2017 – a mere seven months into Trump presidency.
Jack Posobiec took to Twitter noting a list of individuals, such as former AG Bill Barr and former AG Eric Holder, had also been held in contempt of Congress.
All held in contempt of Congress
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 12, 2021
As noted in the DOJ’s press release, Bannon could face “a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year in jail, as well as a fine of $100 to $1,000” for each count of contempt of Congress.
This piece was written by Gregory Hoyt on November 12, 2021. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.
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