Bannon Arrested: Today, a federal grand jury charged Stephen K. Bannon on two charges of contempt of Congress for ignoring a subpoena issued by the House Select Committee looking into the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol has charged Bannon, 67, with two counts of contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena to attend a deposition and produce documents. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has not yet scheduled an arraignment hearing.
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland once said, “Since my first day in office, I have promised employees of the Justice Department 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.”
“The charges announced today indicate the department’s unwavering dedication to these principles.” U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew M. Graves said, “As detailed in the indictment, on September 23, 2021, the Select Committee issued a subpoena to Mr. Bannon.”
The Select Committee had issued a subpoena compelling his appearance, the production of documents, and a deposition. The indictment states that Mr. Bannon “refused to appear to give testimony as required by subpoena and refused to disclose documents in compliance with a subpoena.”
The Select Committee stated in its subpoena that it had probable cause to suspect Bannon possessed material critical to the investigation of the events of January 6. Since leaving his position as President Trump’s Chief Strategist and Counselor in 2017, Bannon has lived as a private person.
There is a fine of $100 to $100,000 and a possible jail sentence of 30 days to a year for each conviction of contempt of Congress. A federal district judge will make the final determination on the verdict, taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other criteria required by law.
All defendants are entitled to the presumption of innocence until guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law, regardless of whether or not they have been indicted. The Washington Field Office of the FBI is now looking into this.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has taken on the prosecution of this case. The case is being handled by the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section. Please forward this to your friends if you find it interesting. Visit Newswatchlist.com for the most recent celebrity news and updates.