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Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former US President Donald Trump, was charged Friday with two counts of contempt of Congress after he challenged a subpoena from the House committee investigating the 6 insurgency. January at the US Capitol.
The Justice Department said Bannon, 67, had been charged with one count of refusing to appear for a deposition and the other of refusing to provide documents in response to the committee’s summons. It was not immediately clear when he should appear in court.The indictment comes as a second witness, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, challenged a similar subpoena from the committee on Friday. Panel chairman, Mississippi Representative Bennie Thompson, said he would recommend contempt charges against Meadows next week.
United States Attorney General Merrick Garland said the indictment reflected the Justice Department’s “unwavering commitment” to ensuring the department upholds the rule of law. Each count carries a minimum of 30 days in prison and up to one year behind bars.
Bannon’s attorney did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
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