Steve Bannon, who was a close advisor to the former US president Donald Trump, was indicted on Friday for refusing to testify before the Congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on Capitolthe Justice Department announced.
The 67-year-old former adviser was sued for refusing to testify and submit documents to the special commission of the House of Representatives investigating the role of the former Republican president in the attack by his supporters on the headquarters of the Congress.
Despite his summons in mid-October, Bannon he did not appear before the legislators invoking the right of the presidents of the United States to maintain the confidentiality of certain documents and discussions.
But according to the commission, this protection does not apply because Trump He is no longer president and has never officially asserted this privilege of the Executive.
Bannon He was one of the artisans of the victorious presidential campaign of the Republican candidate in 2016, before falling from grace.
He did not hold any official function on January 6, but apparently discussed the protest with the president in the days before, according to the commission of inquiry.
He faces between 30 days and a year in prison for each count and will be tried in federal court.
The legal battle could still take months or years, which could undermine the investigation.
Another close to Trump, his former chief of staff Mark Meadows, also rejected a subpoena Friday to appear before the Democratic-majority commission of inquiry.
The defense of Meadows invoked a judicial decision announced on Thursday, which temporarily suspends until November 30 the transmission of internal documents of the White House to the commission.
The former president had invoked the presidential right to keep certain information secret.
The commission of inquiry responded in a statement that the current US president, Joe Biden, had already authorized the release of the documents and that, therefore, Meadows had an obligation to testify, warning the former chief of staff that he, too, could be in contempt of Congress.