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Assault on the Capitol: Steve Bannon, close to Donald Trump, indicted for refusing to testify

Assault on the Capitol: Steve Bannon, close to Donald Trump, indicted for refusing to testify

Steve Bannon, close to former President Donald Trump, was charged with “obstructing” the investigative prerogatives of Congress, for his refusal to participate in the investigations into the assault on the Capitol, January 6, 2021.

This is a clear message to other witnesses who are tempted to ignore subpoenas from the parliamentary commission of inquiry.

The 67-year-old former adviser is being sued for refusing to testify and submit documents to the House of Representatives special committee investigating Donald Trump’s role in his supporters’ attack on Capitol Hill on January 6 .

A long legal battle

Despite his summons in mid-October, Steve Bannon did not appear before elected officials invoking the right of presidents to keep certain documents and discussions confidential. But according to the commission, this protection does not apply because Donald Trump is no longer president and has never officially asserted this privilege of the executive.

Steve Bannon, a low-key but very influential adviser, had played a crucial role in the election of Donald Trump by giving a decidedly populist turn to the Republican billionaire’s campaign in 2016, before being pushed out the following year. Nonetheless, he did not hold any official function on January 6 but appears to have discussed the protest with the president in the previous days, according to the commission of inquiry.

He faces between 30 days and a year in prison for each charge and will be tried in federal court. But the legal battle could take months or years, potentially undermining the investigation.

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