Steve Bannon, former chief strategist to then-President Donald Trump, surrendered to federal authorities on Monday (Nov. 15) following his Friday (Nov. 12) indictment on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress.
Bannon, who is expected to make his first appearance in court later today, is charged with one contempt count for refusing to appear for the House committee’s deposition; and another for refusing to produce the requested documents. Each count carries a sentence of 30 days to one year in jail and a fine ranging from $100 to $1,000.
While surrendering to the FBI on Monday, Bannon warned reporters, “Don’t get hurt.” He also live-streamed the event for his “War Room” podcast and told viewers, “We’re taking down the Biden regime. I want you guys to stay focused, stay on message. Remember, signal, not noise. This is all noise, that’s signal.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland’s decision to indict Bannon arrived just a few days after a judge blocked Trump’s attempt to keep White House records pertaining to the Jan. 6 attack secret from the House select committee.
“Since my first day in office, I have promised Justice Department employees that together we would show the American people by word and deed that the Department adheres to the rule of law, follows the facts and the law and pursues equal justice under the law,” Garland said in a statement on Friday. “Today’s charges reflect the Department’s steadfast commitment to these principles.”
Hours before Bannon’s indictment, Mike Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff, also failed to respond to the committee’s subpoena.
“Steve Bannon’s indictment should send a clear message to anyone who thinks they can ignore the Select Committee or try to stonewall our investigation: no one is above the law,” Chairman Bennie Thompson and Vice Chairwoman Liz Cheney said in a joint statement. “We will not hesitate to use the tools at our disposal to get the information we need.”