MARKS, Miss. — Steve Bannon, a longtime ally to former President Donald Trump, was indicted Friday on two counts of contempt of Congress after he defied a congressional subpoena from the House committee investigating the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
The Justice Department said Bannon, 67, was indicted on one count for refusing to appear for a deposition and the other for refusing to provide documents in response to the committee’s subpoena. It wasn’t immediately clear when he would be due in court.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said the indictment reflects the Justice Department’s “steadfast commitment” to ensuring that the department adheres to the rule of law.
Each count carries a minimum of 30 days of jail and a sentence of up to a year behind bars.
Bannon’s attorney did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Emily Wagster Pettus, Mary Clare Jalonick and Eric Tucker, Associated Press. Associated Press writers Nomaan Merchant, Zeke Miller and Jill Colvin contributed to this report.