Steve Bannon has refused to testify in a House committee investigation into US Capitol assassins.
The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted Steve Bannon on two counts of defamation against Congress for failing to comply with a recommendation by the House of Representatives. Capitol Attack on January 6th.
Bannon, a former senior adviser to former President Donald Trump, has been charged with contempt of Congress in connection with his refusal to appear and the refusal to issue documents, the Justice Department said Friday.
The 67-year-old was characters Trump’s insistence that his connections are protected by the doctrine of bigotry – a contradiction in the leadership of President Joe Biden. was rejected last month as “illegal”.
“Since my first day in office, I have promised the staff of the Ministry of Justice that we will all show the people of America in word and deed that the department abides by the rule of law, the truth and the law, and the rule of law,” said U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland. he said in his own words.
“The fees today show the department’s commitment to these principles.”
It was not immediately clear when Bannon would appear in court. Each sentence carries a minimum of 30 days in prison and a maximum sentence of one year in prison.
Bannon’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a message from the Associated Press, which requested comment.
The team pushed records and evidence from several former Trump allies as part of his attempt to understand what happened on January 6th.
That day, Trump delivered fire words in Washington, DC, to thousands of supporters and urging them to march to the Capitol, where US lawmakers meet to confirm Biden’s election victory. Trump was later criticized for “inciting terrorists”When a mob entered the house.
So far, the House of Representatives has interviewed more than 150 people across the state, including the media and the judiciary as part of their investigation. But some former Trump allies, such as Bannon, have refused to testify.
The committee said it had reason to believe that Bannon had “the necessary information to comprehend the key functions that led to and informed the events at the Capitol”. He also mentioned his presence in a protest rally against Congress yesterday, in which he said: “All hell is going to end tomorrow.”
Bannon’s case was announced just hours after former White House president Trump was ousted Mark Meadows he refused to appear before the committee, risking being found guilty of defaming Congress.
Bannon, a well-known TV personality who led the Breitbart News page, became Trump’s top adviser at the White House after taking part in the 2016 election. Bannon continued to offer Trump advice even afterwards quit his job at the White House in 2017.
It is the second time in two years that Bannon faces charges. Bannon was accused in 2020 and embezzlement at We Build the Wall, a private fundraiser to promote the Trump wall project on the US-Mexico border.
Trump after he offered forgiveness to Bannon before the trial.
Meanwhile, Thursday, the US appellate court delayed release Trump White House writes in consideration of a request by former Republican President to block his release.
The National Archives was scheduled to give Congress hundreds of pages on Friday, but the appellate court ruled in favor of November 30.
Trump has said that as the former president still has the right to take advantage of the bill, adding that releasing it could undermine leadership in the future.
The government of Biden was he said in early October that it would not prevent the issuance of documents, which prompted Trump to go to court.
“The president is committed to ensuring that such incidents do not happen again, which is why authorities are agreeing with the ongoing investigation, including the January 6 Electoral Committee, to report the incident,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters in October. 8.
“As part of the process, the President has determined that affirmation of his privileges is not permitted in the original documents from the Trump White House submitted by the National Archives.”