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Steve Bannon surrenders to FBI on contempt of Congress charges

Former President Donald Trump’s political ally Steve Bannon surrendered to the FBI on Monday.

Bannon has been charged with criminal contempt of Congress as a result of his refusal to cooperate with the House in the investigation of the January 6th attack on the Capital.

On Friday, Bannon was charged with two counts of contempt because he did not comply with the subpoena to testify and produce records about his knowledge of the events that took place on the 6th (ABC News). Bannon told reporters, “this is going to be the misdemeanor from hell.” 

The former chief strategist for Trump will be arraigned in federal court on Thursday at 11 a.m. He has since been released under general supervision, with required weekly phone check-ins. Additionally, Bannon was forced to surrender his passport and must notify the court if he chooses to travel outside of his current address, where he must reside. 

Bannon’s lawyer, David Schoen, is the same man who represented the former President Trump in his second Senate trial. Schoen has claimed to the congressional committee that the communication between Trump and Bannon was privileged.

According to the Cornell Legal Institute, executive privilege “is the power of the President and other officials in the executive branch to withhold certain forms of confidential communication from the courts and the legislative branch. When executive privilege is invoked in litigation, the court should weigh its applicability by balancing competing interests.”

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has also cited executive privilege with his refusal to testify in front of the committee. However, Representative Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said in a statement, “Mr. Meadows, Mr. Bannon, and others who go down this path won’t prevail in stopping the Select Committee’s effort getting answers for the American people about January 6th, making legislative recommendations to help protect our democracy, and helping ensure nothing like that day ever happens again.” 

ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: ABC NEWS

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