Steve Bannon indicted on contempt of Congress charges
Source: Fox News
Former adviser to President Trump Steve Bannon has been indicted on contempt of Congress charges.
A federal grand jury charged Bannon with two counts of contempt of Congress, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release published Friday. Bannon was hit with the charges for failing to appear for a deposition in front of the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and for not handing over requested documents in the face of the committee’s subpoena, according to DOJ.
No arraignment date has been set yet. According to the release, the subpoena said the committee "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."
Bannon is expected to self surrender on Monday and appear in federal court that afternoon, according to a Justice Department official.
The House voted 229-202 to hold Bannon in contempt last month on Oct. 21.
Reps. Peter Meijer and Fred Upton of Michigan, John Katko of New York, Nancy Mace of South Carolina, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois were the nine Republicans who voted to hold Bannon in contempt.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said Friday’s charges reflect 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," Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said in the release. "Today’s charges reflect the Department’s steadfast commitment to these principles."
U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew Graves, whose office announced the indictment, confirmed the reason behind the charges in the press release.
"As detailed in the indictment, on Sept. 23, 2021, the Select Committee issued a subpoena to Mr. Bannon," Graves said. "The subpoena required him to appear and produce documents to the Select Committee, and to appear for a deposition before the Select Committee."
"According to the indictment, Mr. Bannon refused to appear to give testimony as required by subpoena and refused to produce documents in compliance with a subpoena," Graves continued.
While the grand jury charges are hefty, it is unlikely Bannon will face jail time – it's been over 40 years since the last person indicted on similar charges was sent to prison
Even if convicted, the contempt of Congress charges may not yield the information the committee is seeking from Bannon.
With Bannon's charges now revealed, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows could face similar charges for not complying with a subpoena of the Jan. 6 committee.
The charges could carry up to a year in prison and $1,000 fine, each.