July 3, 2022

Steve Bannon indicted for contempt of Congress

Former White House adviser Steve Bannon has been indicted on charges of contempt of Congress, according to Fox News

The political commentator and advisor to former President Donald Trump was indicted with two counts of contempt of Congress by a federal grand jury, according to a press release from the Department of Justice on Friday.

Bannon is facing the charges due to failure to appear for a deposition by the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The second charge revolves around documents that were requested of the conservative news and podcast host that he has yet to turn over to the so-called bi-partisan committee.

While no arraignment date has yet been set, Bannon is expected to self-surrender early next week and may appear in federal court as early as Monday afternoon.

The committee that issued the subpoena said they “had reason to believe that Bannon had information relevant to understanding events related to Jan. 6. Bannon, formerly a Chief Strategist and Counselor to the President, has been a private citizen since departing the White House in 2017.”

This decision comes after the lower house of Congress voted on Oct. 21 to hold Bannon in contempt in a vote of 229-202 after it was discovered there were documents withheld from the committee.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said that Friday’s charges are an accurate reflection of the DOJ’s “steadfast commitment” to showing the American people they follow “the rule of law.”

“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,” Garland said in the release. “Today’s charges reflect the Department’s steadfast commitment to these principles.”

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