February 2, 2023

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Attack on Capitol: Bannon was accused of ignoring Congress

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Bannon was accused of ignoring Congress

Did Steve Bonan know about the plans to attack Capital in advance? MPs have this suspicion. But Trump’s former strategist has refused to testify before the commission of inquiry – and has now been indicted.

Influential American right-wing populist Steve Bannon has been accused of failing to testify before a parliamentary inquiry into the January 6 Capitol storm. The so-called Grand Jury has filed two charges against former President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist for blocking Congress, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

The 67-year-old has been accused of failing to comply with a summons from the U-Committee of the House of Representatives. He is also accused of refusing to hand over the documents he requested.

The U.S. Justice Department says Bannon faces a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year in prison for each charge if convicted. In addition, fines of up to $ 1,000 can be imposed on both counts.

Allegations of obstruction by Congress

Bannon failed to appear before the commission of inquiry in October. The House of Representatives has leveled accusations to Congress against a longtime Trump loyalist who played a key role in the 2016 election campaign and the first few months of Trump’s inauguration. The panel of ordinary judges, called the Grand Jury, must decide the indictment.

While the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the November 3, 2020 presidential election was to be witnessed, radical Trump supporters attacked Capitol on January 6. Five people were killed in the attack, which made headlines around the world. The inquiry commission set up by the House of Representatives should clarify the exact background of the attack.

The group has summoned several former Trump employees. The Inquiry Committee considers Panan to be a key figure in the Capitol storm, and therefore an important witness. Banan knew in advance that the violence would take place on January 6.

The commission is investigating, among other things, the allegations made by Bonanz on his own podcast the day before the Capitol attack. The right-wing populist predicts that “hell will erupt.” On January 6, Banon reportedly stayed with other Trump supporters at a kind of informal command center set up at the luxurious Willard Hotel near the White House.

Management privilege for Panon?

In refusing to cooperate with the commission of inquiry, Bonan relied on Trump’s alleged executive powers. This allows the former president to hide some information, which is why he – Bonan – could not testify. Democrats, however, argue that the offer is only for current presidents and not for former presidents.

Trump’s former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, argues the same as Bonan. He declined to appear before the inquiry committee on Friday. He has been threatened with criminal action.

In addition to the interviews, MPs have been looking into files from the White House since January 6, which are now archived in the National Archives. Trump wants to prevent that by referring to his so-called executive power. Although a federal judge agreed to hand over the documents on Tuesday, the decision was initially set aside by the Court of Appeal on Thursday.

The court is scheduled to hear the case on November 30. The case is expected to end in the Supreme Court of the United States, in Washington.

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