Former President Donald Trump’s chief political strategist was indicted on two counts of criminal contempt after defying the subpoena to appear before the House committee tasked with investigating the events surrounding the Jan. 6th insurrection. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s announcement of these charges reflects his office’s commitment to follow the facts and pursue equal justice under the law.
Bannon refused to appear before the committee last month, where he was expected to produce requested documents and give his deposition. While he likely would have decided to refuse to comply, Trump ordered his allies to ignore any subpoenas issued by the House Select Committee Investigating Jan. 6 Capitol Breach.
Congress has made it clear they will not tolerate anyone who tries to hide behind Trump’s insufficient claims of presidential privilege. As a result, they pressed the Department of Justice (DOJ) to move forward with contempt proceedings against Bannon.
Committee Chair Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) and Vice-Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) issued a statement after the charges against Bannon were announced. Today’s indictment should send a clear message to those who think they can dismiss the Select Committee or try to stall its investigation. They warned that no one is beyond the law. Furthermore, the House will use everything at its disposal to get the information needed to get to the bottom of the insurrection.
Each count against Bannon carries between 30 days and one year in jail and a fine of $100 to $1,000, according to the DOJ website. If found guilty, the federal district judge will issue the sentence after reflecting on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other mitigating factors.
Written by Cathy Milne-Ware
USA Today: Trump strategist Steve Bannon indicted on contempt charges in Jan. 6 investigation; by Bart Jansen and Kevin Johnson
January 6th House Press Release: THOMPSON & CHENEY STATEMENT ON BANNON INDICTMENT
The United States Department of Justice: Stephen K. Bannon Indicted for Contempt of Congress
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