Steve Bannon to Plead Not Guilty to Contempt Charges

By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Steve Bannon) via Wikimedia Commons

Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon moved to plead not guilty to charges of criminal contempt of Congress. On Friday, Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury. The former Trump strategist is facing two counts: one for failing to appear for an Oct. 14 deposition before the House Jan. 6th panel and another for refusal to provide documents to the panel.

The Hill reports:

The filing anticipates a slated Thursday arraignment for Bannon in which he was expected to plead not guilty. His lawyers filed a motion on Wednesday to enter the not guilty plea and skip the arraignment — a move that requires sign off from the judge.

If convicted Bannon faces serious 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 Bannon could be fined up to $200,000 and spend as much as two years in jail.

“I’m telling you right now, this is going to be the misdemeanor from hell for Merrick GarlandNancy Pelosi and Joe Biden. … We’re going on the offense,” Bannon told reporters Monday after turning himself in to federal authorities.

“Not just Trump people and not just conservatives — every progressive, every liberal in this country that likes freedom of speech and liberty should be fighting for this case. That’s why I’m here today: for everybody. I’m never going to back down,” he said.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

  1. So now the demokrats play hardball, hope they realize that every time one of theirs faces contempt of congress and ignores it because they think they’re above the law, the hope is that there will be long, loud, unforgettable protests in their name till they comply.


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