Steve Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury on Friday, charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions from the select House Committee tasked with investigating the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
The former Trump adviser was charged Friday with two contempt counts: one for refusing to appear for a deposition and another for declining to produce documents requested by the committee. If convicted, Bannon could face up to a year behind bars and a fine of up to $100,000, NBC News reported.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said via statement: "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. Today's charges reflect the department’s steadfast commitment to these principles."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's select Jan. 6 committee has subpoenaed 16 former Trump administration White House officials for testimony, documents, or both.
The House voted Oct. 27 to find Bannon in contempt after he declined to provide the Jan. 6 committee with documents and testimony. Committee members cited comments Bannon made on his radio program the day before the Capitol riot.
"All hell is going to break loose tomorrow," Bannon said on the program.
The House panel said Bannon's statement suggested that "he had some foreknowledge about extreme events that would occur the next day."
Bannon's lawyer Robert Costello rebuffed the congressional Jan. 6 subpoena in early October with a legal response letter, stating that former President Donald Trump was choosing to assert executive privilege and encouraging former aides not to reveal anything that might be covered by the privilege.
Back in late August, the Jan. 6 committee requested communications between the former Trump White House and a blacklist of high-profile political influencers.
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