Steve Bannon, who defied the January 6, Committee Committee has been found guilty of contempt for Congress
Washington, DC jurors found Steve Bannon guilty in contempt of the Congrss. The defendant was found guilty because he refused to submit testimony before the Democratic-led Committee investigating the proTrump riot that occurred on Capitol Hill last Jan. He called the proceeding against him “a contempt of Congrss” “show trial.”
On Friday, Bannon was found guilty of misdemeanor charges. The jury took three hours to arrive at its verdict. Bannon’s lawyers did not mount a defense, and Bannon himself smiled as the verdict was read to him, CNN reported.
Bannon was charged by a grand jury last November after he failed to produce documents requested by the January 6 Committee, a group of Democrat and anti-Trump Republican representatives searching for evidence of former President Donald Trump’s culpability in the Capitol Hill riot, which they have termed an “insurrection.”Bannon was also not present before the committee.
Bannon had insisted that his conversations with Trump in the runup to the riot were covered by Trump’s executive privilege, and his legal team argued that he was actively engaged in negotiations with the committee over the documents requested.
Trump has criticized the January 6 Committee himself “political hacks,”In a speech delivered outside of the courtroom this week, Bannon ridiculed the “show trial”He was reprimanded. With the US government’s only witnesses against him a House staffer and an FBI agent who commented on his social media posts, Bannon condemned the committee’s members for not having “the guts and the courage to show up here and say exactly why [I committed a] crime … they should be here today.”
Prosecutors claimed that this case was easy. “When it came down to it, he did not want to recognize Congress’s authority or play by the government’s rules,”Molly Gaston was the Assistant US Attorney and made her closing remarks to the jury.
Bannon is not the only associate of Trump to defy the committee’s subpoenas. Peter Navarro, an economic advisor to Trump’s campaign and trade official in the White House, is facing contempt charges of his own this November, while former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows declined to appear before the committee, but was not charged.
A former investment banker and co-founder of Breitbart News, Bannon became the CEO of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and went on to serve as senior counselor to Trump for the first eight months of the presidency. In 2020, he was found guilty of fraud and Trump pardoned him in 2021. He currently hosts a podcast.