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November 16, 2021

Steve Bannon turns himself in

Former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon surrendered himself to law enforcement to face contempt charges stemming from defying a subpoena from the House committee investigating Jan. 6.

Bannon faces two charges of criminal contempt of Congress, one for failing to appear for a deposition and the other for refusing to provide documents to the committee.

The Department of Justice indicted Bannon on Friday. If convicted, Bannon faces a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year in jail, as well as a fine of $100 to $1,000.

“Mr. Bannon will comply with our investigation or he will face the consequences. Maybe he’s willing to be a martyr to the disgraceful cause of whitewashing what happened on Jan. 6 — of demonstrating his complete loyalty to the former President,” committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said of Bannon when the Jan. 6 panel first voted to refer him for criminal contempt charges last month.

“So I want other witnesses to understand something very plainly: If you’re thinking of following the path Mr. Bannon has gone down, you’re on notice that this is what you’ll face,” Thompson added.

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Trump ally Bannon taken into custody on contempt charges

November 13, 2021

BREAKING: Steve Bannon indicted for refusal to comply with Jan. 6 subpoena

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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Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon indicted by federal grand jury for contempt of Congress

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October 21, 2021

House expected to vote Thursday on Bannon prosecution referral

The House of Representatives will likely vote on Thursday to refer former White House aide Steve Bannon to federal prosecutors for potential criminal contempt charges over his refusal to cooperate with the Jan. 6 investigation.

Bannon defied a subpoena from the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol. On Tuesday, the bipartisan committee voted unanimously to recommend criminal prosecution.

Now, the vote goes to the full House. If they decide to recommend charges, the case will likely go to federal prosecutors, who may then convene a grand jury.

If convicted, Bannon faces up to a year in prison and $100,000 in fines.

“Based on the committee’s investigation, it appears that Mr. Bannon had substantial advanced knowledge of the plans for Jan. 6 and likely had an important role in formulating those plans,” Committee chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said Tuesday.

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US House expected to vote on Thursday to refer Steve Bannon to prosecutors

October 15, 2021

House panel to vote on criminal contempt charges against Bannon

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot set a vote to recommend criminal contempt charges against former White House aide Steve Bannon. Bannon failed to comply with a subpoena on Thursday.

“The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt,” said panel chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS).

Thompson said the committee would vote to recommend the charges on Tuesday. Then, the recommendation would go to the full House for a vote.

Bannon’s lawyer said he didn’t show for his scheduled deposition on former President Trump’s direction. Last week, Bannon also missed a deadline to provide the panel with documents.

The House Select Committee has issued 19 subpoenas so far. They started receiving a trove of documents in connection to the incident.

“Mr. Bannon has declined to cooperate with the Select Committee and is instead hiding behind the former President’s insufficient, blanket and vague statements regarding privileges he has purported to invoke,” Thompson said. “We reject his position entirely.”

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Jan. 6 panel sets vote on contempt charges against Bannon

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October 13, 2021

Bannon’s subpoena defiance may lead to showdown with Biden DOJ

The Trump administration’s former White House strategist Steve Bannon chose to defy a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The move could set up a showdown with the Justice Department (DOJ).

The committee said it might refer Bannon for criminal prosecution by the DOJ if he fails to appear for his deposition this Thursday, which could result in a fine, jail time, or both.

Former US attorney Barbara McQuade said the referral allows the DOJ to hold accountability for those within former President Trump’s circle.

“There are a number of things prosecutors have to think about,” McQuade said. “One is, what is the deterrent effect of bringing a case here in light of the history of the Trump administration, allies, and others thumbing their noses at congressional subpoenas and stalling? There’s a compelling case here for bringing criminal charges.”

So far, the White House indicated it would not weigh in on any criminal prosecutions.

“I think the White House is going to go to extreme lengths to not have any influence on this,” lawyer Steve Cash said.

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Bannon’s subpoena snub sets up big decision for Biden DOJ

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