Steve Bannon: Former Trump aide indicted by federal grand jury on contempt charges

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Former Trump aide Steve Bannon has been indicted on contempt of Congress charges for failing to cooperate with a committee investigating the storming of the Capitol.

Mr Bannon, who was the White House’s chief strategist under President Donald Trump, has been charged with two counts of contempt after failing to comply with a subpoena issued by a House Select Committee investigating the riot on January 6.

Bannon, 67, was charged with one count of contempt of Congress involving his refusal to appear for a deposition and another involving his refusal to produce documents, the Justice Department said.

Contempt of Congress is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $100,000.

“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,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement.

“Today’s charges reflect the department’s steadfast commitment to these principles.”

Mr Bannon served as chief strategist for Trump in the White House after playing a senior role in his 2016 election campaign.

He remained an adviser to Trump even after he departed his White House job in what was described at the time as a mutual agreement.

Last month, the Democratic-led chamber voted 229 to 202, with nine Republicans joining Democrats to recommend the charges against Mr Bannon.

More than 670 people have been charged in connection with the Capitol insurrection, the worst attack on the US government building since the War of 1812.

Four people died on the day of the riot and hundreds of police officers were injured as demonstrators stormed the building.

The Evening Standard has contacted Mr Bannon’s attorney for comment.

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