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Steve Bannon surrenders to US authorities after refusing to testify about Capitol riots

Steve Bannon surrenders to US authorities after refusing to testify about

Former United States President Donald Trump's ally Steve Bannon has surrendered to authorities to face contempt for congressional accusations after refusing to testify about the Capitol riots.

Bannon opposed a call to testify about what he knew about plans for the protest that ended with attacks by Trump supporters in Congress, the BBC reports.

On Friday, the justice department formally indicted Mr. Bannon, a former White House strategist of the Trump administration. He will now face up to a year in prison and a $ 100,000 fine.

Bannon, 67, turned himself in to officials at the FBI's field office in Washington DC on Monday morning. Speaking to supporters as he entered the building, Bannon said: "We are overthrowing the Biden regime every day."

Supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Congress building on Jan. 6 as lawmakers inside were gathering to certify the results of the 2020 election.

Trump, a Republican, has refused to concede election defeat to Democratic President Joe Biden last year, claiming - without evidence - of massive voter fraud.

In a statement last week, the justice department said Bannon was indicted on a charge of refusing to file a complaint and a charge of refusing to provide documents following a call from a commission investigating the riots.

Bannon, who was ousted from the White House in 2017 but has remained loyal to Trump, is expected to appear in court this Monday.

Last week, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement that Mr. Bannon's indictment reflected the Justice Department's "unwavering commitment" to the rule of law.

According to summons documents, Mr. Bannon - who currently heads the right-wing podcast of Room War - said on the eve of the riots that "all hell will explode tomorrow".

His lawyers have argued that his communications involving the former president are protected.

The Washington Court of Appeals is scheduled to hold a hearing later this month to rule on Trump's claim to executive privilege after it was rejected by a lower court.

Akuza e Bannon është aktakuza e parë e tillë që del nga hetimi i Komitetit të Përzgjedhur të Dhomës së Përfaqësuesve për pushtimin e kompleksit të Kapitolit më 6 janar.

Trump u ka kërkuar ish ndihmësve të refuzojnë kërkesat për depozitim, duke argumentuar se ato mbulohen nga privilegji ekzekutiv - një parim ligjor që mbron shumë komunikime të Shtëpisë së Bardhë.

Një zyrtar tjetër i Trump, ish-shefi i stafit të Shtëpisë së Bardhë, Mark Meadows, mund të përballet gjithashtu me pasoja të mundshme për të sfiduar një thirrje të ngjashme për t'u paraqitur para komisionit.

Avokati i Meadows-it tha javën e kaluar se ai ka një "një mosmarrëveshje të mprehtë ligjore" me komisionin për shkak të pretendimeve të zotit Trump për privilegj ekzekutiv.

In a statement, committee chairman Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, said Meadow's decision "to oppose the law" could force the commission to follow disregard procedures like those applied to Bannon.

The House Electoral Commission issued dozens of summonses last week, urging many former Trump officials to submit documents and testify about the riots.

They include Kayleigh McEnany, former White House press secretary Stephen Miller, who was Trump's top adviser, and Michael Flynn, a former national security adviser.

On Sunday, Mr. Trump defended his former aide, saying "this country probably never did to anyone what it did to Steve Bannon."

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