WASHINGTON – Former President Donald Trump’s political strategist Steve Bannon surrendered to federal officials Monday on charges of defying the House’s appeal.
Trump Stalwart, who is expected to appear in his first court appearance Monday, has been charged with another contempt count, refusing to appear before a House Select Committee investigation committee and refusing to provide documents. Each count carries a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year in prison, plus a $ 100 to $ 1,000 fine.
Bannon warned reporters around him outside the FBI office: “Don’t hurt.”
He also streamed the event live on his podcast “War Room” Getter, a social media service founded by former Trump aide Jason Miller.
“We’re eliminating the Biden administration,” Bannon said. “I want you to stay focused, stay on the message. Remember, code, not sound. It’s all noise, it’s code.
Bannon did not take questions.
More:What Trump does not want House inspectors to see in the Jan. 6 documents?
Attorney General Merrick Garland’s decision to pursue the Bannon case represents a serious escalation of the House Panel’s investigative efforts and a major test for the Attorney General, who vowed to separate politics from Biden’s Justice Department and Trump’s repeated interventions.
AG:Merrick Garland vows to apply ‘facts and law’ to Steve Bannon’s abuse case
Thompson, Cheney warns others
In a joint statement released shortly after Bannon announced the allegations on Friday, committee witnesses Benny Thompson, D-Miss., And Vice President Liz Cheney, R-Y., Indicated that other witnesses, including former Trump chief Mike Meadows, are at risk. Same rule for defying the subdivisions of the committee.
Incident week in the January 6 investigation:Bannon was indicted. Meadows was no show, more subpoenas
Hours before Bannon’s allegations were made public, Meadows failed to show up for Friday’s deposit.
“Steve Bannon’s indictment should send a clear message to anyone who thinks the Select Committee can be ignored or stonewall our investigation: No one is above the law. We are not hesitant to use our disposal tools to get the information we need.”
More:Mark Meadows, former Trump staff chief, denies House subpoena in Jan. 6 investigation
Strategy:Former deputy AG says Trump has no legitimate foothold. Is he running the clock?
“When we decide to get all the information we are looking for, Mr. Meadows, Mr. Bannon and others who are going down this path will not prevail in stopping the selection committee’s attempt to get answers to the American people on January 6th. …
According to a report by the partisan Congressional Research Service, prosecutions of criminal contempt are rare and disputes are usually negotiated to avoid them. A lawsuit can take months or even years.
Bannon, who was not working in the executive branch at the time, was in touch with Trump on the eve of the Jan. 6 attacks. Bannon’s lawyers told the committee in an Oct. 7 letter that Trump was instructed not to cooperate because the former president would fight for disclosure under executive privilege – even if Bannon did not work for the government.