Washington —The one-time top advisor to President Donald TrumpOn Monday, he was arrested on criminal contempt charges. Ordered by the House committee.
A federal grand jury indicted Bannon on Friday for two counts each of contempt of Congress. He was arrested Monday morning at the FBI’s Washington Field Office. He is expected to be arraigned at court later in the afternoon.
David Schoen, an Alabama-based lawyer who represented Bannon, is representing him.During his second impeachment trial, earlier this year. The former president was A single charge of incitement to insurrection was brought against him for his participation in the January 6th attack on the Capitol. .
Bannon addressed his supporters before he entered the FBI office and said, “We’re taking out the Biden regime.”
He said, “I want to keep you guys focused.” “Keep your message. Remember to use signal and not noise. This is all noise. That’s signal.”
The former White House chief strategist was charged with one count each of contempt and refusing to appear for a deposition. Another count stemmed from his refusal for documents to be presented to the House Select Committee on Investigating the January 6 Attack on Capitol. He could spend a year in prison if convicted of each charge.
According to a letter from Bannon’s attorney, which CBS News obtained, Bannon, who was a private citizen in January 6th, said that Trump instructed him to “not produce documents or give evidence that might reveal information.” This is according to CBS News.
Indictment stated that Bannon had “not communicated any way with the Select Committee” since September 24, 2021, when he received service of the subpoena.
President Biden rejected Mr. Trump’s claim of executive privilege for documents related to the attack on January 6. Trump has sued to keep these documents secret. A court of appeals temporarily blocked Mr. Trump’s White House records being released from the National Archives to House committee.
“The House Select Committee shall order that the National Archives and Records Administration and Archivist be prohibited from releasing the records over which appellant asserts executive privacy, pending any further orders of this court,” the court ordered.
This was done to allow legal arguments on a longer order of injunction to be heard. The court also noted that the ruling “shouldn’t be construed as a ruling upon the merits” meaning they are not deciding on Mr. Trumps claims. Oral arguments will take place in front of a panel of three judges later in November.
Bannon is the first person to face charges for refusing appearance before the House committee. This committee has also subpoenaed other Trump aides including Kayleigh McEnany and Stephen Miller, who were former senior advisers to Trump.
Adam Schiff, a member of the House Committee, stated Sunday on “Meet the Press,” that they will “move fast” to refer contempt charges against Mark Meadows, former White House chief-of-staff, for refusing to hand over documents. Thursday’s letter from the Chairman of the Committee to Meadows contained accusations against him for refusing to submit documents and testimonies to the panel and rejected any grounds for non-compliance.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi created the House January 6 select Committee earlier in the year to investigate the allegations.During the final step of Mr. Biden’s victory celebration, thousands of Trump supporters poured into the Capitol as Congress tallied the electoral votes. Five people died in the riot and five lawmakers fled the scene. . During the Stop the Steal rally Mr. Trump encouraged his supporters “to walk over” to the Capitol. A week later, the inciting of the riot was reprimanded. However, it was later .
The October election saw the vote of the full House of RepresentativesAfter he refused to appear in a deposition, they referred the matter the Justice Department.
Robert Legare, Zak Hudak and Zak Haudak contributed to this article.
Source: CBS News