A federal grand jury indicted Steve Bannon, a former top adviser to then-President Donald Trump, for failing to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
According to the Justice Department, Bannon was indicted on two counts of contempt of Congress. One count for refusing to appear for a deposition and the other for refusing to provide documents in response to the committee’s subpoena.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said the indictment reflected the Justice Department’s commitment to ensuring that it “adheres to the rule of law.”
“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,” Garland said.
CNN reported that a judge had already signed an arrest warrant for Bannon.
Each count carries a minimum of 30 days of jail, with a maximum sentence of one year.
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