Bannon guilty of two charges of contempt of Congress

The committee chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., released a joint statement calling the verdict a “victory for the rule of law.”

“Just as there must be accountability to all those responsible for the events of January 6, anyone who obstructs our investigation into these matters should face the consequences. No one is above the law,” the statement read.

Bannon, co-founder of Breitbart News, served as CEO of Trump’s 2016 campaign before becoming a senior adviser during the early months of the Trump administration. He left the White House in 2017 and continued to support Trump through Republican campaigns outside the administration.

The committee requested testimony and documents from Bannon for his knowledge of Trump and his actions leading up to Jan. 6. Bannon has been a private citizen since leaving the White House, but refused to cooperate with the investigation, and later claimed the information was protected by executive privilege.

The committee issued a subpoena last September. The House voted to hold Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress in October, and a federal grand jury returned an indictment on both counts in November.

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