- Steve Bannon, an ally of former President Donald Trump, turned himself in to federal authorities to face criminal contempt charges.
- Bannon had defied a subpoena from the House of Representatives investigating the assault on the Capitol.
- Trump’s ally is expected to appear in court this Monday.
Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, surrendered to federal authorities on Monday to face contempt charges after challenging a subpoena from a House committee investigating the January insurrection at the United States Capitol, reported The Associated Press.
Bannon was taken into custody Monday morning and is expected to appear in court at the end of the day. The 67-year-old was charged on Friday with two counts of criminal contempt – one for refusing to appear for a statement before Congress and the other for refusing to provide documents in response to the committee’s subpoena.
Trump ally faces criminal charges
The indictment came as a second expected witness, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, challenged his own subpoena from the committee on Friday and as Trump has escalated his legal battles to withhold documents and testimony about the insurrection.
If the House votes to hold Meadows in contempt, that recommendation would also go to the Justice Department for possible indictment. Officials from both Democratic and Republican administrations have been held in contempt by Congress, but criminal contempt charges are extremely rare. Filed Under: Steve Bannon Arrested.
Who will be arrested next?
Bannon’s indictment comes after a slew of Trump administration officials, including Bannon, have challenged Congressional requests and demands for the past five years with little consequence, even during an impeachment inquiry. President Obama’s administration also refused to charge two of its officials who defied the demands of Congress.
The indictment says Bannon did not communicate with the committee in any way from the time he received the subpoena on Sept. 24 to Oct. 7, when his attorney sent a letter, seven hours after the documents were delivered. Filed Under: Steve Bannon Arrested.
Is Trump behind it all?
Bannon, who served in the White House early in the Trump administration and currently serves as a conspiratorial-minded host of the “War Room” podcast, is a private citizen who, “refused to appear to give testimony as required by a subpoena,” says the prosecution.
When Bannon declined to appear for his deposition in October, his attorney said the former Trump adviser had been advised by a Trump attorney citing executive privilege not to answer questions. Filed Under: Steve Bannon Arrested.
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