Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s notorious former strategist, turned himself in to federal authorities on Monday. The surrender came days after a federal grand jury prosecute him for ignoring subpoenas from the House committee on the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol.
Based on ABC News, the former White House adviser will be charged with contempt of Congress late Monday, after many weeks about his refusal to testify or provide requested documents. Bannon’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Like other Trump aides who have ignored subpoenas from the House committee, Bannon and his legal team have maintained his contact with the former president who enjoys executive privilege. — even though Trump is no longer president and Bannon has not served in the executive branch since 2017.
Friday’s indictment notes that Bannon told Congress before the subpoena that the direction of contempt came from the former commander-in-chief.
Speaking to his own “Warroom” podcast group when he approached the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Office in Washington, D.C., Bannon defined his federal charges as merely a distraction from what he claimed to be a a growing multiracial coalition against the ruling Democratic Party.
“I don’t want anyone to take their eyes off the ball about what we do every day. We have Hispanics on our side, African Americans on our side, we’re knocking down restrictions. Biden degree,” he asserted, teasing an episode of his show that he vowed to air by the end of the day. “I want you to focus, pay attention to the message. Remember, the signal, not the noise. This is all noise, it’s the signal.”
Bannon is just the most prominent of a handful of former Trump aides who have resisted subpoenas from the committee. Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows already AWOL from a hearing last week, while one-time Defense Department employee Kash Patel did not appear to testify in October. Trump’s former deputy chief of staff. Dan Scavino also indicated that he would refuse to obey orders to testify before the committee.
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