Steve Bannon Subpoenaed In Jan. 6 Grand Jury Investigation
Former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by Special Counsel Jack Smith’s office in connection to his investigation into January 6 and Donald Trump’s previous efforts to interfere with a peaceful transition of power.
This grand jury is separate from the one in Miami, which, on Thursday, indicted Trump for his mishandling of classified documents at his Mar-A-Lago residence.
On January 6, 2021, a mob of Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., in an effort to stop President Joe Biden from taking office.
The investigation into the events of January 6 is still being conducted, with Smith’s aim being to expose Trump for staging the coup himself.
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Bannon, who served as chief strategist in the Trump administration, was subpoenaed in late May after being charged with contempt of Congress for his refusal to cooperate in previous congressional subpoenas.
In July, Bannon was convicted in federal court on two counts: refusing to appear for a deposition and refusing to provide documents requested by the January 6 special committee.
“The subpoena to Stephen Bannon was not an invitation that could be rejected or ignored,” said Matthew Graves, U.S. attorney in Washington. “Mr. Bannon had an obligation to appear before the House Select Committee to give testimony and provide documents. His refusal to do so was deliberate, and now a jury has found that he must pay the consequences.”
He was sentenced to four months in prison, but this sentence was suspended while Bannon pursued appeals.
Bannon is joined by other members of the Trump administration who have received subpoenas concerning the events of January 6. Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff, has already gone before a federal grand jury. He turned over hundreds of text messages about the insurrection, which served as a road map to House investigators.
Bannon’s attorney, Harlan Protass, has declined to comment on the matter.
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