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Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, appeared earlier than a decide on Monday to face legal contempt charges for defying a subpoena from a Home committee investigating January’s riot on the U.S. Capitol.
Bannon surrendered earlier in the day to FBI brokers. The 67-year-old was indicted on Friday on two counts of legal contempt – one for refusing to look for a congressional deposition and the opposite for refusing to offer paperwork in response to the committee’s subpoena.
Bannon didn’t enter a plea through the listening to. Justice of the Peace Decide Robin Meriweather launched him with out bail however required him to verify in weekly with court officers and ordered him to give up his passport. He’s due again in court on Thursday.
If convicted, Bannon faces a minimal of 30 days and a most of 1 yr behind bars on every depend, prosecutors stated. Outdoors the courthouse, a big inflatable rat made to appear to be former President Trump was on the sidewalk as reporters waited for Bannon to go away the courthouse.
The indictment says Bannon didn’t talk with the committee in any means from the time he obtained the subpoena on Sept. 24 till Oct. 7 when his lawyer despatched a letter, seven hours after the paperwork had been due.
Bannon, who labored on the White Home at the start of the Trump administration and at the moment serves as host of the conspiracy-minded “Struggle Room” podcast, is a personal citizen who “refused to look to present testimony as required by a subpoena,” the indictment says.
When Bannon declined to look for his deposition in October, his legal professional stated the previous Trump adviser had been directed by a lawyer for Trump citing government privilege to not reply questions.
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