Ex-White House strategist Steve BannonFriday was charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to submit to a subpoena by the House committee probing the attack on January 6 on the U.S. Capitol.

“Bannon, 67, is charged with one contempt count involving his refusal to appear for a deposition and another involving his refusal to produce documents, despite a subpoena from the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol. An arraignment date has not yet been set in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia,” the Department of Justice said in a statement .

Bannon refused to comply with a subpoenaIn September, the committee demanded records from Bannon regarding his conversations with Trump White House during the attacks that resulted in five deaths and over 140 injuries. Bannon was also absent from the hearing last month. Bannon was held in contempt by the panel.

The investigation by the House Committee of nine members focuses on the response and planning to Jan. 6’s riot. This includes the collection of records and witness statements from former Presidents. Donald Trump like Trump’s former personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRight-wing and left-leaning attorneys John Eastman, who authored notorious “coup memos” that outlined ways then-Vice President Mike PenceCould be usurp Joe Biden’s presidential victory.

Trump’s own records are also being sought. An appeals court will meet on Thursday temporarily blockedWhile the National Archives is evaluating the document, it will refrain from turning them over to the National Archives. Trump’s latest motion to “pause” the release of the trove of records. The filing argues that the former president “will suffer irreparable injury” if the documents are released.

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said he had “promised” his department would follow the rule of law in issuing the charges against Bannon.

“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 in a statement. “Today’s charges reflect the department’s steadfast commitment to these principles.”

Contempt of Congress charges carry a minimum sentence of 30 days, a maximum term of 1 year imprisonment, and a $100-$1,000 fine.



Source: HuffPost.com.

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