Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon accused of contempt for Congress

The former campaign manager, who became chief strategist at the White House, was indicted by a grand jury on two charges of contempt for Congress this morning.

Each indictment has a minimum of 30 days in jail, with a maximum of one year. A fine of up to 1000 USD is possible.

Steve Bannon has been accused of contempt for Congress.
Steve Bannon has been accused of contempt for Congress. (AP)

He also refused to provide documents related to the investigation despite a subpoena.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the indictment in a statement earlier today.

“Since my first day in office, I have promised staff in the Department of Justice that together we will show the American people in 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 said.

Steve Bannon served as chief strategist in the White House during the first years of Trump's presidency.
Steve Bannon served as chief strategist in the White House during the first years of Trump’s presidency. (AP)

“According to the indictment, Mr. Bannon refused to appear to testify as required in the subpoena and refused to present documents in accordance with a subpoena.”

Bannon only sat in the White House for seven months before being fired.

Last August, he was charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering and faces up to 20 years in prison.

Former United States Secretary of Defense Steve Bannon has challenged Donald Trump's claim that Robert Mueller came to the White House looking for a job.
Former United States Secretary of State Steve Bannon will be jailed if he is found guilty of contempt. (AP)

Recently, Mr. Bannon has hosted a podcast.

Meanwhile, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows also defied a summons from the committee today.

The House of Representatives can vote to also hold Mr. Meadows in contempt, triggering a similar jury in the Justice Department.

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