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Leaders of House January 6 committee hail Steve Bannon conviction: 'No one is above the law'

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Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney seated at a congressional committee
Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speak to Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a former Georgia election worker, on June 21, 2022 in Washington, DC.Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images
  • The heads of the congressional panel investigating January 6 praised the conviction of Steve Bannon.

  • In a statement, Reps. Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney hailed the ruling as "a victory for the rule of law."

  • Bannon was convicted Friday of contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about the insurrection.

The leaders of the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection on Friday hailed the ruling in Steve Bannon's contempt trial as an "important affirmation" of their work.

Bannon, a one-time aide to former President Donald Trump who had promised a day before the insurrection that January 6 would be "wild," was found guilty by a jury on Friday on two counts of contempt of Congress after refusing to comply with a subpoena from the January 6 committee.

In a statement, committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, called the ruling a "victory for the rule of law."

"As the prosecutor stated, Steve Bannon 'chose allegiance to Donald Trump over compliance with the law,'" the lawmakers said. "Just as there must be accountability for all those responsible for the events of January 6th, anyone who obstructs our investigation into these matters should face consequences. No one is above the law."

Bannon has said he intends to appeal the conviction, stating Friday that he had lost the "battle" but not the "war." He faces up to one year in prison — and a minimum of 30 days behind bars — as well as a $100,000 fine on each count. Sentencing is in October.

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