Bannon surrenders to FBI after ignoring congressional subpoena to testify on January 6
Steve Bannon, a former adviser and ally to former President Donald Trump, surrendered to the FBI on Monday morning after being indicted by a grand jury on two counts of contempt of Congress on Friday.
Bannon was indicted after he failed to cooperate with the investigation into the January 6 invasion of the Capitol. He was subpoenaed, but did not comply.
One of them was because he refused to show up last month and the second was because he refused to produce documents.
In spite of Bannon leaving the White House in 2017, it was reported that he contacted Trump just days before January 6, according to Politico, led to the House committee selected to investigate the failed case against Bannon.
Bannon publicly surrendered to the FBI when he arranged for it to be broadcast live on GETTR, a social media platform launched by members of Trump’s inner circle after Trump was banned on Twitter.
“We are taking down the Biden regime. … Remember, signal is not noise. This is all noise. That’s the signal,” Bannon said Monday at the agency’s field office in Washington, according to Politico.
“I don’t want anyone to take their eyes off the ball about what we do every day,” he said, according to NPR. “We have Hispanics on our side, African Americans on our side.”
CBS News reported that after being placed under federal custody, Bannon made his first appearance in U.S. District Court Monday afternoon before being released.
He is due to appear in court again on Thursday. In the meantime, he must notify the court if he is traveling domestically outside of the Washington, DC area. He has submitted his passport to the court and will not be allowed to travel abroad without the court’s approval.
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Bannon spoke to the crowd outside court on Monday.
“I will never back down and this time they picked the wrong person,” he said, according to Daily mail. “Joe Biden ordered Merrick Garland to prosecute me from the White House lawn as he got off Marine One, and we will continue the offense. We were too tired to play defensively.”
Bannon appeared calm in the courtroom before Judge Robin Meriweather, ABC News reported.
David Schoen will represent Bannon. Schoen is a lawyer who was a member of trumpetthe former president’s legal team during the second impeachment trial.
ABC News predicts that this is the start of what could turn into a contentious legal battle.
“The indictment sets out what will likely be a contentious legal battle with significant ramifications for the January 6 committee as it seeks to compel other witnesses to testify about the events leading up to the trial. insurgency efforts, including any communications they may have had with Trump,” the outlet reported.
An investigation into the events of January 6 and an attempt to bring witnesses to court has been underway for some time.
“Since my first day in office, I have promised the staff of the Department of Justice that together we will prove to the American people by word and deed that the department abides by the rule of law, obeys the facts, and follows the law. the law and the pursuit of equal justice under the law,” Merrick Garland said Friday after a grand jury indicted Bannon.
Bannon warned as he left court on Monday that he would bring charges against him as “misdemeanors from hell” to the Biden administration.
“This will be misdemeanor from hell for Merrick Garland, Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden,” he said. “They got the wrong person.”
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