The US House of Representatives, led by Democratic lawmakers, in October began the trial of Bannon for violating Congress, which refused to cooperate with the committee, invoking the principle of presidential powers. Then the case was referred to the Ministry of Justice. Otherwise, a congressional violation is punishable by one year in prison and a $100,000 fine under US law. Justice Department spokesman Bill Miller said Bannon is expected to “surrender” on Monday and may appear in court later that day.
Trump supporters surrounded the US Legislative Building on January 6 after an inflammatory speech by the then president. On the Capitol, the Senate is about to certify the results of the November presidential election that Democrat Joe Biden won. Five people were killed in the clashes, including a police officer. Trump never admitted his defeat and wrote on his social media pages that the election was rigged.
It is suspected that Bannon had prior knowledge of the plans for the violent movements. “He knew what was going to happen before that happened,” Republican Representative Liz Cheney, who was also a member of the inquiry, said before Thursday’s vote. On the other hand, Jim Banks, a Republican known as Trump’s faithful believer, said Bannon is just a Democratic scapegoat. Bannon was Donald Trump’s campaign manager during the 2016 presidential election, then served as a White House adviser for seven months. The president fired him in the summer of 2017.
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