Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. (Photo by Stephanie Keith / Getty Images)
- Steve Bannon will face the first criminal charges handed down amid an investigation into the deadly January 6 attack on the Capitol.
- Bannon is expected to make his first appearance in federal court on Monday.
- He’s one of more than 30 people close to Donald Trump who have been ordered to testify about what happened in the run-up to the Jan.6 attack.
Steve Bannon, a longtime adviser to former US President Donald Trump, surrendered to the FBI on Monday to face the first criminal charges handed down amid a Congressional investigation into the deadly January 6 attack on the Capitol. for refusing to cooperate with the investigation.
Speaking to his followers, Bannon looked directly at the camera he was broadcasting live on the social media website GETTR and urged them to stay focused.
“We are bringing down the Biden regime,” said Bannon, dressed in three black shirts and a green coat.
I want you to stay focused. … This is all noise.
A federal grand jury indicted Bannon on Friday with one count of contempt of Congress for refusing to appear for a deposition and a second count for refusing to produce documents. Contempt of Congress is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $ 1,000, the Justice Department said.
Bannon, 67, is expected to make his first federal court appearance later Monday.
Bannon is one of more than 30 people close to the former Republican president who were ordered by the Select Committee of the United States House of Representatives to testify about what happened in the run-up to January 6, when thousands of people stormed the Capitol building in an attempt to avoid formal congressional certification of Trump’s electoral defeat to President Joe Biden.
House investigators hope the action against Bannon will motivate other witnesses, such as former chief of staff Mark Meadows, to testify. Bannon has refused, citing Trump’s insistence, already rejected by a judge, that he has the right to keep requested material confidential under a legal doctrine called executive privilege.
US Representative Adam Schiff, Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a member of the Jan. 6 panel, said he believed that the impeachment of Bannon on two counts of “contempt of Congress would induce others to abandon their defiance.”
“It will have a very strong focus effect on your decision making,” Schiff told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
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