Formational White House official Steve Bannon ripped into the January 6 Select Committee, for failing to testify during Friday’s trial.
A Washington, D.C. jury found Bannon guilty of two counts of contempt of Congress. He was accused of having ignored a subpoena issued by the January 6 Select Committee.
I want to thank everyone, including the judge and the court administrators, for their efforts,” Bannon said. “I only have one disappointment and that is the gutless members of that show trial committee, the J6 committee, didn’t have the guts to come down here and testify in open court.”
Bannon faces between 60 days and two years in jail and a fine between $200 and $200,000, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.
The committee chair, Democratic Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, said in a July 14 letter that he would be willing to testify in Bannon’s trial if he handed over documents the Select Committee has requested for over a year, according to Politico.
” The July 9 2022, Outreach to the Select Committee made by you in your capacity as Mr. Bannon does not alter the fact that Mr. Bannon did not follow the process or comply with the select panel’s subpoena before the House referral for the contempt resolution regarding Mr Bannon’s refusal to obey the subpoena. Thompson stated, according to Politico. According to Politico,
Kristin Amerling, chief counsel for the committee said that Bannon wouldn’t turn over documents, despite his willingness to cooperate. (RELATED : Biden says DOJ should prosecute former Trump officials who defied Jan. 6, Subpoenas. This prompts damage control from Admin.
Justice Department lawyers warned that Bannon might politicize the case, according to the outlet. Evan Corcoran (his defense lawyer) criticized the House of Representatives’ play against Bannon.
The former White House official made similar comments about the committee outside the courthouse Tuesday, claiming the committee lacked guts for not testifying and called Thompson a “disgrace.”
He accused Thompson, without evidence, of lying about a COVID-19 diagnosis while talking to reporters Wednesday, the outlet reported.
Why is Bennie Thompsonn’t here to defend his committee and the Moscow trial of the 1930s. The former Trump advisor said that he was not present in person.
Bannon attempted initially to claim executive privilege after being subpoenaed in September 2021. by Congress. Eight Republicans voted in contempt for Bannon. Congress subpoenaed Mark Meadows (ex-White House Chief of Staff), and Kashyap Ptel, who was the Chief of Staff for Christopher Miller, then-acting Defense secretary.