Steve Bannon pleads not guilty to contempt of Congress charges

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Steve Bannon pleads not guilty to contempt of Congress charges

Steve Bannon, a one-time adviser and longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts of contempt of Congress, waiving an arraignment scheduled for Thursday. 

Bannon, who turned himself in to federal authorities on Monday, will still join his attorneys Thursday for a virtual “status conference.” 

Bannon, 67, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury after flouting a subpoena issued by the Democrat-led House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Bannon had refused to either show up to testify or hand over documents requested by the committee, citing Trump’s argument that conversations between the two should be protected under “executive privilege.”

In an email to CNBC, Bannon attorney David Schoen explained that he felt there was “no reason to make the Court go through the formality of an arraignment,” as Bannon has already familiarized himself with the indictment.

Former Trump Administration White House advisor Steve Bannon speaks to the press on his way out of federal court on November 15, 2021.
Former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon speaks to the press on his way out of federal court on November 15, 2021.
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On Monday, Bannon livestreamed his surrender on the conservative social media site Gettr.

Just before walking into the FBI’s Washington field office, Bannon told supporters: “I don’t want anybody to take their eye off the ball what we do every day.”

“We got the Hispanics going on our side, African Americans coming on our side,” he said.

If convicted, Steve Bannon could be sentenced to up to two years in jail and fined up to $2,000.
If convicted, Steve Bannon could be sentenced to up to two years in jail and fined up to $2,000.
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“We’re taking down the Biden regime — every day the focus,” Bannon emphasized while plugging upcoming guests on his “War Room” podcast.

“Remember, signal, not noise,” he said. “This is all noise, that’s signal.” 

If convicted, Bannon faces a minimum of 60 days in jail on both counts and could be sentenced to up to two years in jail and fined up to $2,000.

Former White House adviser Steve Bannon plead not guilty to the contempt of Congress charges levied against him or refusing to appear before the commission investigating the January 6 attack.
Former White House adviser Steve Bannon pleaded not guilty to the contempt of Congress charges levied against him for refusing to appear before the committee investigating the January 6 attack.
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Steve Bannon turned himself over to authorities on November 15, 2021.
Steve Bannon turned himself over to authorities on November 15, 2021.
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Friday’s indictment followed the House voting last month to approve a resolution holding Bannon in contempt. The resolution states that Bannon appeared to play a “multi-faceted role in the events of January 6th and the American people are entitled to hear his first-hand testimony regarding his actions.” 

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