Steve Bannon He will not go to prison before trial for criminal contempt for refusing to testify before a House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
A former adviser to former President Donald Trump appeared in federal court for the first time on Monday after turning himself in to FBI agents this morning. It is expected to be processed next Thursday.
Justice Department prosecutors, who filed indictments against Bannon on Friday, made no attempt to detain Bannon before his trial.
Under terms agreed by the judge, Bannon agreed to check-in weekly, surrender his passport, report any travel outside the District of Columbia, and seek court approval for travel outside the United States.
Despite the criminal prosecution, Bannon defied when he addressed television cameras following the news of his indictment last Friday: “We are bringing down the Biden regime.”
The two charges of criminal contempt are refusal to cooperate with a House committee investigation into the Capitol theft and all that happened in the Trump White House before, during, and after the House Rebellion. Federal Congress.
The Justice Department’s decision to indict Bannon came after the House of Representatives detained Bannon on October 21 for refusing to appear before the Capitol Assault Committee, to provide documents and testimony related to the riots.
Said’s announcement was passed to the Ministry of Justice, which had to decide whether to continue the process.
Attorney general Merrick Garland He said the indictment reflected the Justice Department’s “firm commitment” to ensuring respect for the rule of law.
“From my first day in office, I have promised the staff of the Department of Justice that we will together prove to the American people by word and deed that the Department adheres to the rule of law, pursues the facts and the law, and pursues the facts and law, and pursues the indictment,” Prosecutor Garland said in a statement announcing the indictment.
Each charge carries a minimum sentence of 30 days in prison and up to one year behind bars.
This isn’t the first time Bannon has faced a legal challenge. In August last year, he was removed from a luxury yacht and arrested over allegations that he and three aides deceived donors trying to fund the border wall. Trump then pardoned Bannon in the final hours of his presidency.
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Bannon’s legal status occurs when a second witness, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, appealed a similar subpoena from the commission on Friday. The committee chair, Mississippi Representative Benny Thompson, said he will recommend contempt charges against Meadows next week.
Meadows has held discussions with the committee since his subpoena was issued in September, but his attorney said Friday that he has an “acute legal dispute” with the committee as Trump declared an executive privilege to testify.
Meadows’ refusal to appear comes amid escalating legal battles between the committee and Trump, with the former president declaring a privilege over documents and interviews demanded by lawmakers.
The White House said in a letter Thursday that President Joe Biden would waive any privileges that prevented Meadows from cooperating with the committee, prompting his lawyers to say Meadows would not comply.
Meadows, a former Republican congressman from North Carolina, is a key witness on the committee. He was Trump’s top aide in the period between his defeat in the November presidential election and the uprising, and was one of the people who lobbied state officials to try to reverse the results.
Dozens of subpoenas and witness interviews
The commission’s actions and attempts to gather information have been delayed because of Trump He appealed the ruling of Judge Tanya Chutkan To hand over documents relating to the day of the attack on the Capitol. On Thursday, a federal appeals court temporarily blocked the release of some White House records requested by the committee, giving the court time to consider Trump’s arguments.
However, the House committee continues its work, and lawmakers have already interviewed more than 150 witnesses so far in their attempt to build the most comprehensive record yet of how a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and temporarily halted Biden’s endorsement.
The panel cited nearly 36 people, including former White House staffers, Trump allies who strategized how to reverse his defeat, and people who organized the gathering at the National Mall on the morning of January 6. While some refused, such as Meadows and Bannon, others spoke to the commission and submitted documents.