Steve Bannon Surrenders to Authorities on Contempt Charges Over January 6 Investigation

Former Trump aide and host of the”WarRoom” show, Steve Bannon, recently surrendered to federal authorities in Washington, D.C. He is charged with ignoring a subpoena from legislators investigating the January 6 Capitol riot.  Bannon, 67, was charged with two counts of contempt of Congress, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $100,000.

Before turning himself in from outside the FBI’s Washington field office, Bannon said that he is still working on “taking down the Biden regime.” He also stated, “I want you guys to stay focused, stay on message.” He concluded with his trademark “signal not noise” phrase. 

Bannon is only one of former President Donald Trump’s associates who have been asked to cooperate with the House select committee’s frivolous investigation into the events of January 6. 

Trump spent months informing concerned Americans about election fraud and states changing procedures under the guise of Covid safety before the election to give Democrats an advantage. Additionally, Trump never conceded the race to Biden.

In October, a lawyer for Bannon informed the House Select Committee that Trump asked him not to provide any records or testimony “concerning privileged material” and that he would not comply with the subpoena. January 6 committee Chairman Bennie Thompson dismissed the use of executive privilege. This legal tenet permits some executive branch members to keep some conversations private as a justification for refusing to comply with the subpoena. 

The select committee presented a contempt resolution to the entire House, which voted 229-209 to hold Bannon in contempt.

Bannon served as a key White House adviser for seven months of Trump’s term but did not work for him on January 6, 2021. Trump recently claimed that “This Country has perhaps never done to anyone what they have done to Steve Bannon, and they are looking to do it to others, also.”

Trump filed a lawsuit against the committee and the National Archives in an attempt to prevent the investigators from acquiring a trove of White House papers dating back to when he was president. Many of the documents were argued to be covered by executive privilege by Trump’s legal team. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit approved Trump’s request to temporarily delay the release of the documents and scheduled oral arguments for November 30.

Attorney General Merrick Garland claimed that Bannon’s indictment illustrates the Justice Department’s dedication to the rule of law.

He stated, “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.”

Chairman Thompson (D-MS) and Vice-Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) announced Friday that another Trump associate, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, may face contempt charges for failing to cooperate with their subpoena. Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) claimed that Meadows’ criminal contempt referral is already in the works.

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