The U.S. Justice Department announced Friday that Steve Bannon was indicted on two counts of contempt for Congress by a federal grand jury. He was accused of failing to comply with a subpoena from the House panel investigating the attack on Capitol Hill on January 6.
Noah Bookbinder, president and CEO of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. welcomedThe tweet Friday reflects the developments.
“Hugely significant, and entirely appropriate, that Steve Bannon was indicted for contempt of Congress for ignoring the January 6 select committee’s subpoena,” he said. “It is good to see the Department of Justice stepping up and treating this with the gravity it deserves.”
The indictment was filed against nine Republicans joinedWith nearly all Democrats in the lower chamber last Month for a vote on a vote to hold Bannon, who was in criminal contempt for refusing a subpoena issued September 23, in criminal court. The 67-year-old served as a top adviser to former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and White House.
BREAKING NEWS: Steve Bannon indicted! Trump cannot give him a double secret pardon. pic.twitter.com/ujzElRo8Nl
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) November 12, 2021
The House Select Committee to Investigate January 6th Attack on U.S. Capitol issuedIn recent months, there have been dozens of subpoenas aimed at Trump associates. The panel’s chair and vice chair, Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Liz Cheney, (R-Wyo.) were the panel’s chair and vice chair.), also welcomed 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,” the pair said. “We will not hesitate to use the tools at our disposal to get the information we need.”
Steve Bannon was indicted within 2 hours of winning. pic.twitter.com/QvakN4E6rg
— The Recount (@therecount) November 12, 2021
The Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is prosecuting the case. U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves explained Friday that “according to the indictment, Mr. Bannon refused to appear to give testimony as required by subpoena and refused to produce documents in compliance with a subpoena.”
This development comes as U.S. attorney general Merrick Garland is being under pressure for his inaction to hold Trump and his allies accountable for the January 6 attack — which led to the former president’s historic second impeachment — and other alleged crimes, with some critics even calling for a new leader at the Justice Department.
“Since my first day in office, I have promised Justice Department employees 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,” Garland said Friday. “Today’s charges reflect the department’s steadfast commitment to these principles.”
Each contempt of Congress count that Bannon faces “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’s statement noted. “A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.”
According to The New York Times, “An arraignment date has not been set.”