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Steve Bannon Indicted For Contempt of Congress By Federal Grand Jury

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Contempt of Congress.

The War Room host has refused to cooperate with a subpoena from the House Committee investigating the Capitol protest on January 6.

This indictment is the first of its kind, as no one has ever been prosecuted for contempt of Congress after executive privilege has been asserted.

On Friday, Bannon was charged with two counts of contempt, one for refusing to appear for a deposition and the second for declining to produce requested documents.

“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,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland in a statement posted to the Department of Justice website. “Today’s charges reflect the department’s steadfast commitment to these principles.”

“As detailed in the indictment, on Sept. 23, 2021, the Select Committee issued a subpoena to Mr. Bannon,” said U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves for the District of Columbia in the statement included in the DOJ press release. “The subpoena required him to appear and produce documents to the Select Committee, and to appear for a deposition before the Select Committee. 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.”

In response to the news, Rep. Matt Gaetz tweeted, “Steve Bannon did nothing wrong.”

Donald Trump Jr. quoted a tweet from David Corn, the DC bureau chief of Mother Jones and MSNBC analyst, in which he said “elections can have consequences.”

“Saying the quiet part out loud. They’re openly admitting that they prosecute their political enemies when in office,” Trump Jr. wrote.

If convicted, 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.

“A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors,” the DOJ’s press release added.

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10 responses to “Steve Bannon Indicted For Contempt of Congress By Federal Grand Jury”

  1. neilinda says:

    Yes, I think it means he is.
    He -Steve Bannon- has been talking more and more on WarRoom about the importance of redistricting and how Republicans need to follow the same format for dividing up states (and awarding legislative districts) that the Democrats have in states like Maryland… where I live.
    Years ago Maryland was close to a 50-50 state.
    When the Dems had a moment of power, they redistricted to switch around the districts so it made it practically impossible for incumbent Republicans to win their district when the next election came. Maryland Republican voters have been almost completely disenfranchised by this strategy.
    He is suggesting that -if that is how the Dems play the game- the Republicans should do the same kind of thing in RED states where they have power.
    He has also had MTG on several times lately to talk about how the J6 prisoners are being treated -she has been there to visit- and how their constitutional rights are being trampled.

  2. We will not comply. This bannon indictment is reminiscent of 1935 nazi Germany. I thought about calling the fbi and berating them but, even though I’m a nobody, I don’t trust that they would not show up at my house with some bs charge. Punishment by process.

    We are at war.

  3. Alexandra says:

    Agreed. And after they got trounced in the elections earlier this month they’re going to be in a hurry to persecute as many Bannons and O’Keefes as they can before the mid-terms.

  4. jgfate says:

    You know that Brannon is over the target if they’re going this far to stop him.

  5. UppityG says:

    Another shot over the bow by the DemonKKKrats. Popper’s Paradox can be interrupted, we just need to stop diddling and do it. James O’Keefe Spine Time.

  6. prcntm says:

    Lines are being drawn.

    We really did tolerate the intolerant. Now the intolerant are in power and trying very hard, and in some cases succeeding, in convincing people that they are the tolerant ones being attacked by the intolerant.

    I just really hope escalation doesn’t get so bad that it can’t be de-escalated with the next election. We need a page from Ian’s book: Just blank slate it. Nobody on either side gets prosecuted, but everyone on both sides restarts on equal footing. If they fuck up, they get removed. I’m aware it will never be that simple, but one can hope. I do believe that we can still turn this around, but even I have to admit the amount of work we’d have to do is daunting. Time to roll up our sleeves.

  7. frodolai says:

    the special committee clowns will lose their seats in 2022 election.

  8. VannicWolf says:

    We’re at war. REAL. WAR, people. Hang your flags upside down. We are a nation under duress. Do. not. comply. You only give them false legitimacy.

  9. ceurez says:

    Yes this is starting to get very, very tense

  10. Cidr1337 says:

    We are at war.