Steve Bannon Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Contempt of Congress in Refusing to Comply with Jan. 6 Inquiry

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Steve Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury on contempt of Congress charges for failing to comply with a subpoena issued by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The Justice Department announced two counts on Friday — one for refusing to sit for a deposition and another for refusing to provide the committee with relevant documents.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement that the charges reflect the principles of a Justice Department that "adheres to the rule of law, follows the facts and the law and pursues equal justice under the law."

Each count of contempt of Congress carries a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year in jail, as well as a fine of $100 to $1,000, the Justice Department said.

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Bannon, 67, was among the first four witnesses in former President Donald Trump's inner circle who were subpoenaed by the committee.

In a letter sent to Bannon Sept. 23, the committee said it has reason to believe the former White House strategist has relevant information on "important activities that led to and informed" the Jan. 6 insurrection, including his comments on Jan. 5 that "all hell is going to break loose tomorrow."

Bannon was directed to produce documents by Oct. 7 and appear for a deposition a week later but missed those deadlines.

The Jan. 6 committee, led by Chairman Bennie G. Thompson, later voted unanimously to recommend criminal contempt charges for Bannon in October; and the full House followed suit.

Prosecutors presented the indictment and an arrest warrant to a federal magistrate on Friday, CNN reports. A judge signed the warrant for an indicted defendant with the initials "SB," which a CNN source said was Bannon. A source also told CNN that Bannon is expected to turn himself in and appear in court on Monday.

Thompson and Rep. Liz Cheney, who serves as vice chairman of the committee, issued the following statement in response to the indictment: "Steve Bannon's indictment should send a clear message to anyone who thinks they can ignore the Select Committee or try to stonewall our investigation: no one is above the law. We will not hesitate to use the tools at our disposal to get the information we need."

The indictment is a big moment in a longer story about Trump's tactics of non-cooperation. He has sued to block the committee from receiving documents from the National Archive.

Meanwhile, the committee's demands for information from high-profile aides of the former president have been ignored.

Mark Meadows, Trump's former chief of staff, appeared to miss his own deadline with the committee, which warned Meadows Thursday that a refusal to appear "would force the Select Committee to consider invoking the contempt of Congress procedures," NPR reports.

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