Trump Opponent Bannon Surrendered To Authorities

An opponent of Donald Trump, 67 year old Steve Bannon surrendered to federal authorities Monday.

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Bannon is being charged with contempt due to defying a subpoena related to the attack on the U.S. Capitol. The Former White House Strategist is due to appear in court later this afternoon; after being indicted Friday on two counts of criminal contempt. The first count is for refusing to appear for a congressional deposition; The second count is for refusing to provide documents requested by the committee’s subpoena.

According to ABC News, on the way into the FBI’s Washington Field Office to turn himself in, Bannon made a shout out on one of his social media accounts for his radio show, advising his supporters to not “take their eye off the ball.”

“We’re taking down the Biden regime,” Bannon said, while not directly addressing the contempt of Congress charges against him.

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Steve Bannon, talk show host and former White House advisor to former President Donald Trump, speaks to the media as he arrives at the FBI’s Washington field office to turn himself in to federal authorities after being indicted for refusal to comply with a congressional subpoena over the January 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., November 15, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueREUTERS

A Second Witness Results In Indictment

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows defied his subpeona as well on Friday, subsequently as Trump has in the past, nonetheless extremely evasive and noncompliant with his tax returns; additionally witholding documents and testimony about the insurrection. But in regard to Bannon, he’s facing a prison sentence ranging from 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.

The initial subpeona was issued back on September 6; requesting testimony and documents from Bannon. Subsequently, issuing a letter stating 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.”

After Bannon left the White House in August 2017, it was then reported that he and Donald Trump remained in contact. And so the letter went on to say, “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.” Continuing, “Moreover you are quoted as saying, on Jan. 5, 2021, that ‘[a]ll hell is going to break loose tomorrow,” the panel wrote in a letter.

Donald Trump And Bannon’s History

Stephen Kevin Bannon worked for seven months alongside Donald Trump as the White House’s Chief Strategist during his presidency. Then, Bannon became the chief executive officer of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign; thus appointed Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to the Presient following the Trump election. 

According to a senior campaign source from ABC News, at the time Trump brought on Bannon because he respected his instincts and successes. Trump says he liked that Bannon was a “high energy person” with “big ideas.”

However, the disagreements stem from Bannon’s book chronicling his time in the White House. And there are parts in the book where Trump’s lawyer calls it “disparaging comments about the President”.

Bannon’s point of view while working in the White House collided with Trump’s. In 2017, Trump stated in an interview with The New York Post, “I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” Trump told Goodwin. “I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist, and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary.”

PHOTO: Park ranger Caitlin Kostic gives a tour near the high-water mark of the Confederacy at Gettysburg National Military Park to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and campaign CEO Steve Bannon, Oct. 22, 2016, in Gettysburg, Pa.
Park ranger Caitlin Kostic gives a tour near the high-water mark of the Confederacy at Gettysburg National Military Park to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and campaign CEO Steve Bannon, Oct. 22, 2016, in Gettysburg, Pa.

This would pretty much set the tone for their relationship moving forward. “I am my own strategist,” Trump said.

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