Steve Bannon, Trump’s longtime adviser, has been indicted for refusing to testify before the committee investigating the riots on Capitol Hill.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced on November 12 that Steve Bannon was charged with two counts of contempt of court for ignoring the issue of a subpoena to the Congressional Hacking Committee. America 6/1 The House of Representatives (6/1 Committee) did not provide them with documents. For each crime, Bannon could be sentenced to 1-12 months in prison.
6/1 The committee issued a subpoena to Bannon, 67, on September 23.Former consultant Donald Trump He was one of the first people to be summoned to testify in court to protest the January riots forcing the US Congress to close and at the same time prove the victory of the US Congress. Joe Biden.
Investigators suspect that Bannon has information about the connection between the White House and Trump supporters who flooded the U.S. Capitol grounds. The committee on January 6 stated that Bannon appeared at the rally on January 5, which focused on preventing the Congress from confirming the meeting a day later. “Tomorrow will be very chaotic,” Bannon said at the time.
After former President Trump announced that he used executive privileges to prevent former advisers from testifying and the 6/1 Committee from accessing his government’s documents, Bannon stated that he would not testify until the attorney general’s privilege issue is resolved.
The House of Representatives subsequently voted to transfer the charges against Bannon to the US Department of Justice. However, given the highly political nature of the investigation, it is unclear how the US Department of Justice will deal with it.
“When I took office, I made a promise to the staff of the Department of Justice. I will jointly prove to the American people that through words and deeds, the agency will abide by the rule of law, truth and law, and pursue equality and justice above the law,” the attorney general Merrick Garland said. “Today’s indictment reflects the department’s firm commitment to these principles.
Ruan Jin (follow Agence France-Presse)