Bannon will plead not guilty to contempt charges

Former White House strategist Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin Bannon Memo: Democrats may regret search for Bannon Justice delayed if public accountability is denied The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Biden praises infrastructure law, talks to Xi from China PLUS He moved to plead not guilty Wednesday to charges of criminal contempt of Congress after he failed to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill.

Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury on Friday, facing two charges: one for failing to appear for an Oct. 14 deposition before the panel and another for refusing to provide documents.

The filing anticipates an arraignment scheduled for Thursday from Bannon in which he was expected to plead not guilty. His attorneys filed a motion Wednesday to enter a plea of ​​not guilty and skip the arraignment, a move that requires judge approval.

If convicted, Bannon faces severe penalties. Each charge carries a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year in jail, as well as a fine of $ 100 to $ 100,000, meaning that Bannon could be fined up to $ 200,000 and spend up to two years in jail. .

“I’m telling you right now, this will be a misdemeanor from hell for Merrick garlandMerrick Garland Memorandum: Democrats May Regret Prosecution of Bannon Union Lawsuit in Attempt to Represent Connecticut National Guard Members Top Senate Democrat Calls on Attorney General to Fire Chief of Prisons MORE, Nancy pelosiNancy Pelosi Black Caucus eager to see BBB cross finish line in House Hoyer: Vote on .75T spending package likely Thursday or Friday Feehery: Next Republican wave is MORE coming and Joe bidenJoe Biden Idaho House of Representatives Passes Workers’ Compensation Bill Biden Submits 2016 Climate Treaty to Senate for Ratification Rubio Pledges to Delay Biden’s China and Spain Ambassador Candidates MORE. … We are going on the offensive, ”Bannon told reporters Monday after turning himself in to federal authorities.

“Not just the Trump people and not just the conservatives, all the progressives, all the liberals in this country that likes free speech and liberty should fight this case. That is why I am here today: for everyone. I’m never going to back down, ”he said.

Bannon’s battle comes as the Jan.6 panel may file similar charges for others who have challenged the committee.

Chair Bennie thompsonBennie Gordon Thompson Memo: Democrats may regret persecution of Bannon Trump allies target Katko for Meadows infrastructure vote ‘between a rock and a hard place’ with Trump, Jan. 6 panel MORE (D-Miss.) He told reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday that he would send a final warning to the former White House chief of staff. Mark MeadowsMark Meadows The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented By ExxonMobil – Biden Praises Infrastructure Law, Talks To China’s Xi Meadows ‘Between A Rock And A Hard Time’ With Trump, Jan.6 Trump Panel Sits Former Pence Aide After that she said she admitted she lost MORE You need to stand for a deposition or face a referral to the Department of Justice for criminal contempt of Congress.

Jeffrey Clark, a former mid-level Justice Department attorney who ex President TrumpDonald Trump Biden sends 2016 climate treaty to Senate for ratification US and China ease restrictions on journalists Americans continue to spend MORE reflected on the installation as attorney general, has also been identified by the committee as not cooperating.

Bannon has argued that Trump’s claims of executive privilege prevent him from cooperating with the committee. The committee has said such arguments are false given that Bannon was not a White House employee at the time in question, and that only incumbent presidents can attempt to block testimony before a Congressional committee.

Trump’s lawsuit that seeks to prevent the select committee from obtaining White House records on his claims of executive privilege will go before a federal appeals court on November 30.

Updated 1:42 pm

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