Steve Bannon has been indicted for a second time, but this time for contempt of Congress as they investigate what led to the January 6th Capitol Riot.
• The indictment is a first of its kind as no one has been prosecuted for contempt of Congress when executive privilege was asserted.
• Bannon was charged Friday with two contempt counts —
1) refusing to appear for a deposition.
2) declining to produce documents requested by the committee.
• If he is ultimately convicted, Bannon could be facing a year in jail and a $100,000 fine
• Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement, “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. he went on to say, “Today’s charges reflect the department’s steadfast commitment to these principles.”
• The DOJ’s move to charge Bannon is a signal to others that have been subpoenaed to comply, many seeing this as Democrats Weaponizing the DOJ to go after Political enemies.
• Thos form of weaponizing the DOJ was widely invoked during the anti-communist hearings of the 1950s, but many of those contempt cases ended either in acquittal or dismissal on appeal.
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