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Bannon In and Out of Custody Pending Trial After DOJ Contempt Charges

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While the January 6th select committee has been generally regarded as a Democrat-led attempt to re-try Donald Trump’s second impeachment, that doesn’t meant that they don’t still have some teeth…at least for now.

The committee, which will almost certainly be dissolved by Congress after the nearly-inevitable red wave of the 2022 midterms, has been racing to get whatever testimony that they can from former Trump loyalists regarding the attempted insurrection of January 6th.  This means leveling a number of ambitious subpoenas at folks who are surely going to claim executive privilege.

Steve Bannon, who was served and refused exactly as described, was soon hit with a contempt charge by the DOJ, and is now working his way through the system.

Steve Bannon won’t be detained before trial on charges of contempt of Congress after he failed to comply with subpoenas from the House committee investigating January 6.

Bannon, a former adviser to former President Donald Trump, appeared in federal court for the first time Monday. He will be arraigned on Thursday.

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Prosecutors did not seek to detain Bannon before trial. Under conditions approved by the judge, Bannon agreed to weekly check-ins, to surrender his passport, provide notice of any travel outside the district and seek court approval for travel outside the continental United States.

Bannon, 67, was charged last week with one count related to his refusal to appear for a deposition and another related to his refusal to produce documents to the House committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol. Each count carries a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year in jail, as well as a fine of up to $100,000, the Department of Justice said.

The media host was unrepentant, and promised to make things difficult for the DOJ moving forward.

“I’m telling you right now, this is going to be the misdemeanor from hell for Merrick Garland, Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden,” Bannon told reporters after the hearing, swearing his team is “going to go on the offense.”
Prior to his surrender, Bannon was similar bombastic, telling reporters that he was working to “take down the Biden regime”.
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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.




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