Stephen Bannon, a prominent adviser to former US President Donald Trump, has been criminally charged for defying a subpoena issued by a congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, the Justice Department said on Friday.
Bannon has refused to cooperate with the House of Representatives select committee seeking testimony and documents from him, citing Trump’s insistence — already rejected by one judge — that he has a right to keep the requested material confidential under a legal doctrine called executive privilege.
Bannon, 67, was charged with one count of contempt of Congress for refusing to appear for a deposition and a second count for refusing to produce documents. Contempt of Congress is a misdemeanour punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $100,000.
Justice Department spokesperson Bill Miller said Bannon is “expected to self-surrender” on Monday in Washington and make his first court appearance in the case that afternoon.