Ex Trump aide and strategist Steve Bannon turn himself in to the FBI field office in Washington DC Monday morning after being indicted by a federal grand jury for insulting Congress.
Bannon indicated he would not comply with a subpoena to appear before a House committee on executive rights grounds.
He was then shown last week by the Justice Department on two counts of contempt of Congress. He was charged with one count related to his refusal to appear for a deposition and another related to his refusal to present documents.
A House committee is investigating the events of January 6, 2021, when protests over what many believe to be fraudulent elections turned violent and riots broke out at the Capitol building.
The partisan January 6 witch hunt committee tells you in one breath that Steve Bannon is President Trump’s closest confidant and in the next tells you that he has no ties to the Trump administration and is not entitled to executive privileges. #SteveBannon
– SIG SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) November 13, 2021
Don’t back down
Steve Bannon appeared defiant and undaunted by the charges as he urged his supporters and Trump to stay focused on the task at hand. To supporters outside the FBI offices and on live social media he said, “I don’t want anyone to take their eyes off what we do every day.”
He went on to say, “We got Hispanics coming on our side, African Americans coming on our side. We bring down the Biden regime every day. Remember: Signal is not noise. It’s all noise, it’s a signal.”
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Former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has also been was called to testify before the committee but failed to appear citing executive privileges. In a statement, committee chair Reps. Benny Thompson (D-MS) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) said:
“Mr. Meadows, Mr. Bannon, and others who are going down this path will not succeed in stopping the Elected Committee’s efforts to get answers to the American people around January 6, make legislative recommendations to help protect our democracy, and help ensure there are no such days. . happens again. “
Steve Bannon believes in “DON’T MEET”. Thank you Steve. #StandWithSteve
– Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) November 13, 2021
Finding the ‘Truth?’
US Attorney General Merrick Garland, when make announcement of Bannon’s indictment state:
“From the first day I took office, I have promised Justice Department employees that together we will demonstrate to the American people in word and deed that the department abides by the rule of law, follows facts and laws, and pursues equal justice under the law. ”
However, committee panel member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) seems a little less about equal justice under the law, said in the case of Meadows, the committee moved to refer charges of criminal contempt.
“When the witness finally decides, as Meadows did, that they won’t even bother to show up, that they are grossly insulting to the law, then that’s enough to force our hand and we’ll move quickly.”
DISGUSTING: Being told that Steve Bannon was handcuffed by @USMarshalsHQ while she waits for her pretrial conference on ABUSE.
This is political persecution and an absolute failure of justice.
Hope @USMarshalsHQ immediately rectify this injustice.
– Boris Epshteyn (@BorisEP) November 15, 2021
Trump Witch Hunt
With opinion poll numbers tumbling and crises piling up for the Biden administration, the January 6 Committee is starting to seem like a diversion.
Along with Bannon and Meadows, about 30 people from the Trump Administration inner circle has been called to testify before the committee included former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Senior Advisor Stephen Miller, and former Trump campaign official Katrina Pierson with alleged involvement in the organization of the demonstration.
Bannon’s daughter, Maureen, called the indictment, “a political witch hunt,” and also stated, “I think this regime is turning crisis after crisis for the White House. So they went after my dad to make it seem like nothing bad had happened.”
If found guilty, Bannon could face fines ranging from $100 to $1000, and face jail terms of between 30 days and a year for each count.
In typical Bannon fashion last week before the indictment was announced, he challenged his audience on the “War Room” podcast by reminding them, ‘Remember, no whining and no tears in the War Room.’
President Donald J. Trump:
“This country may never have done to anyone what they have done to Steve Bannon and they want to do it to others too. If they are going to be so tough with China, Russia and the world, which no longer respects us, maybe our country will. … pic.twitter.com/gW6fU7Y7WI
– Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) November 14, 2021
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