Steve Bannon Turns Himself In, Surrenders to Authorities

Former Trump administration adviser Steve Bannon is expected to turn himself in to authorities on Monday on contempt charges, after he was indicted for defying a subpoena from the House panel probing the January 6 Capitol riot.

Bannon, 67, was indicted on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress on Friday. He had refused to comply with a subpoena to appear before the House select committee last month for a deposition, and also failed to hand over documents to the committee.

The House select committee, in a partisan vote last month, held Bannon in contempt. He faces a prison sentence of 30 days to one year, as well as a fine of $100 to $1,000, for each count of contempt of Congress, according to the Justice Department.

Bannon's lawyer, Robert Costello, confirmed in an email to Newsweek that Bannon has a court appearance scheduled for Monday afternoon. He added that his client would comment "when the arraignment is over."

Justice Department spokesperson Bill Miller also told Reuters that Bannon is "expected to self-surrender" on Monday in Washington and make his first court appearance in the afternoon.

Newsweek has contacted the Justice Department for additional comment.

The panel first issued a subpoena for testimony and documents to Bannon in September, saying in a letter that he was "identified as present at the Willard Hotel on Jan. 5, 2021 during an effort to persuade members of Congress to block the certification of the Election the next day, and in relation to other activities on Jan. 6."

Bannon departed the White House in August 2017, but remained in contact with former President Donald Trump.

"You are also described as communicating with then-President Trump on Dec. 30, 2020, and potentially other occasions, urging him to plan for and focus his efforts on Jan. 6. Moreover you are quoted as saying, on Jan. 5, 2021, that '[a]ll hell is going to break loose tomorrow,'" the committee wrote in its letter in September.

On Sunday, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff told NBC's Meet the Press that the committee will "move quickly" to refer former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for criminal contempt, after he similarly refused to appear before the panel for a deposition.

The House committee has so far issued almost three dozen subpoenas, including to former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Daniel Scavino, former Defense Department official Kashyap Patel, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and former Trump adviser Stephen Miller.

According to the Congressional Research Service, prosecutors rarely charge individuals with contempt of Congress, and typically negotiate a settlement in order to avoid doing so.

Update 11/15/21, 11:38 a.m ET: This article was updated with comment from Bannon's lawyer Robert Costello.

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Former advisor to Donald Trump and US publicist Steve Bannon poses during a photo session in Paris on May 27, 2019. Bannon is expected to surrender to authorities on Monday after he was indicted for defying a subpoena from the House panel probing the January 6 Capitol riot. JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images