Grand Jury Indicts Steve Bannon

Grand Jury Indicts Steve Bannon

A federal grand jury has indicted former top Trump adviser for contempt of Congress.

The development comes after the House voted to hold Bannon in criminal contempt. That vote came after he defied a subpoena from the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.

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Congress’ vote left the decision on whether or not to prosecute Bannon up to the Justice Department.

Today’s announcement revealed that the DOJ promptly began working on charging Bannon with two counts of contempt of Congress. First, for refusing to provide documents to congressional investigators and, second, for refusing to sit for a deposition.

The news comes on the same day that former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows failed to appear before the . Insiders expect the committee to recommend criminal contempt charges against Meadows, too.

As CNBC reports:

“Today’s charges reflect the Department’s steadfast commitment to these principles,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in the statement.

A lawyer for Bannon told the House select committee in October that he would not comply with its subpoena because former President Donald Trump had instructed him not to produce any documents or testimony “concerning privileged material.”

Bannon was a senior White House advisor during the first seven months of former President Donald Trump’s tenure. He was fired by Trump years before the 2020 presidential election and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which is the subject of the select committee’s investigation.

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