Stephen Kevin Bannon, the former Donald Trump strategist, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 12 with the contempt of United States Congress for refusing to answer interrogations from the U.S. House Select Committee Investigating the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. Bannon was citated to testify on what he realized about plans for the demonstrations that concluded with the storming of US Congress.
The Department of Justice said Mr. Bannon was indicted on one count for refusing to appear for a deposition in October and the other contempt for refusing to provide documents regarding the House Committee’s subpoena.
Stephen K. Bannon Indicted for Contempt of Congress; Two Charges Filed for Failing to Honor House Subpoena From Select Committee Investigating Jan. 6 Capitol Breach
— Kyle Mazza (@KyleMazzaWUNF) November 12, 2021
In October 2021, the House of Representatives voted to send the case to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), which opted on Nov. 12 to prosecute Steve Bannon. If convicted, he could experience up to one year in prison and up to a 0.1M dollars fine.
Previously, ex-US President Donald Trump’s followers attacked the Congress building on Jan. 6 as legislators were meeting to certify the 2020 election outcomes.
Mr. Trump, a GOP, has rejected to acknowledge losing the Presidential election to Democratic President Joe Biden on November 3, 2020, making baseless claims of mass voter fraud.
A law enforcement official stated Bannon, 67, is likely to surrender to authorities on Nov. 15 and appear in court that afternoon. And neither Mr. Bannon nor his Attorney instantly gave any response to a request for the statement.
Merrick Garland, U.S. Attorney General, said the indictment of Bannon reflected the “DOJ’s steadfast commitment to the rule of law.” Moreover, subpoena documents quote a longtime ally of Trump, Steve Bannon, who currently hosts the right-wing War Room podcast, as expressed on the day of storming the Capitol that ‘all hell is going to break loose tomorrow.’ The lawyers for Bannon contended that his statements involving Mr. Trump were protected.
Garland issued a statement describing the verdict to indict Mr. Bannon; since his first day in office, he’s vowed DOJ workers that together they’d show Americans by word and deed that the DOJ adheres to the rule of law, follows the actualities and the law, pursues even justice under the law.
Committee chair Bennie Gordon Thompson and Representative Liz Cheney said in a joint statement on Friday that the indictment of Bannon should serve as a warning to any other ex-Trump officials who are considering refusing a Congressional subpoena.
Furthermore, the legislators said that Mr. Bannon’s indictment should send a transparent message to anyone who believes they could ignore the Select Committee or make an effort to obstruct their probe: no one is above the law. They wouldn’t hesitate to utilize the tools at their disposal to get the evidence they require.