Steve Bannon Indicted for Contempt of Congress after Refusing to Comply with Subpoena

After failing to comply with a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the disturbance at the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6, Steve Bannon was charged on two charges of criminal contempt of Congress on Friday.

QUICK FACTS:
  • A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., indicted Bannon on one count for his failure to appear for a deposition before Congress, according to Forbes.
  • The other count involved Bannon’s failure to hand over documents to the committee, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
  • The Jan 6 committee subpoenaed Bannon, who was ab advisor to President Donald Trump, in September, as part of its investigation into the Capitol unrest.
  • Bannon claimed he can’t testify before Congress due to executive privilege, notes Forbes.
BACKGROUND:
  • The Jan 6 congressional committee accused Bannon of participating in the runup to the Capitol riot by backing Trump’s claims of voter fraud.