Court withdraws Steve Bannon’s passport – Last Minute

A US judge today ordered the release of Steve Bannon, former adviser and ally of former President Donald Trump, but ordered his passport removed to prevent him from fleeing the country.

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Bannon, 67, turned himself in on Monday to the FBI after he was indicted on Friday for a crime of contempt for refusing to appear for a deposition before the investigating committee of the attack on the Capitol and a another for refusing to provide documents following the subpoena. On January 6, hundreds of demonstrators in support of the former Republican president charged police to invade Capitol Hill and disrupt the confirmation of Joe Biden’s electoral victory, following repeated allegations by Trump of widespread electoral fraud, without substantiation credible.

Leaving the courtroom in Washington, Trump’s former aide sounded defiant, raising his finger in warning and proclaiming that “this time they have messed with the wrong person.”

Bannon accused US President Democrat Joe Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of violating his freedom of expression.

“Now let’s go on the attack, you’ll see,” he stressed repeatedly. “Get ready”, he repeated again, using a controversial phrase by Trump during the election campaign, which the former president directed to the extreme right group Proud Boys, when he said to “be ready”.

Asked by journalists about the meaning of the veiled threats, Bannon’s lawyer explained that he will be “on the offensive” because he will “affirmatively” defend his rights in court.

The head of the electoral campaign that gave Donald Trump the victory in 2016 had the same tone for the media when he turned himself, earlier in the day, to the FBI in Washington.

Before joining, Bannon said his goal is to “overthrow the Biden regime”.

After turning himself in, Steve Bannon spent a few hours in federal custody and appeared before District of Columbia Court Judge Robin Meriweather.

During the hearing, the prosecution did not request the preventive detention of the former adviser to Trump and the judge decided for his release while awaiting the trial, applying the usual conditions in these types of cases, including having his passport withdrawn to prevent his escape. from the country.

Bannon will also have to notify authorities of any travel he takes within the United States and, if he intends to travel abroad, he will first have to obtain approval from a judge for his passport to be returned.

The next court session is scheduled for Thursday, in virtual format at the request of Steve Bannon’s lawyers, and will be before District of Columbia Judge Carl J. Nichols, appointed during the Trump presidency.

Each of the charges against Bannon carries a penalty of 30 days to one year in prison, as well as a fine between one thousand and one hundred thousand dollars. [800 euros e 87 mil euros].

On October 22, the House of Representatives declared Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for challenging a subpoena from the commission investigating the attack on Capitol Hill.

The investigative commission seeks to determine the role of the former Republican president, his advisers and close figures, in the preparations for the invasion of Capitol Hill, which resulted in five deaths.

Time is critical for this Democrat-controlled panel, which is in danger of being dismantled if the Republicans win the November 2022 legislatures.

The commission, which has heard more than 150 witnesses, has issued new subpoenas to elements close to Trump, such as former White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany or former adviser Stephen Miller.

Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, also refused to give statements to the committee on Thursday, following a temporary suspension ordered by a judge, until November 30, of the release of the data requested by the panel, while analyzing a request made by the former president.

The records include documents from close aides to Donald Trump and the White House agenda, describing his activities, travels, meetings or phone calls.

The Investigation Commission reacted in a statement, pointing out that Joe Biden had already authorized the release of the documents and that Trump’s former aide should testify and warned Mark Meadows that he could be accused of contempt by Congress.

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