January 6 Committee

Bannon Contempt of Congress Indictment

Major Issue: Whether an individual who once worked for former President Trump can be convicted on criminal contempt of Congress charges for failing to produce documents or appear for a deposition before the January 6th committee examining the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Case Status: Awaiting the filing of an appeal.

Case Description: On September 23, 2021, the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol issued a subpoena to Steve Bannon requesting documents and deposition testimony related to the 2020 presidential election and January 6th attack. Mr. Bannon, a private citizen, had been a policy adviser to former President Trump for approximately seven months in 2017. He declined to produce any documents by the Oct. 7th due date or appear for a deposition on Oct. 14th as required by the subpoena. On Oct. 21, 2021, the House voted to hold him in contempt of Congress. On Nov. 12, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted Mr. Bannon on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress for failing to produce documents and for failing to appear at a deposition required by the committee subpoena.

Procedural Posture: The indictment was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. DOJ and Mr. Bannon initiated a number of pre-trial motions. The trial began on July 18, 2022. On July 22, 2022, the jury found Mr. Bannon guilty on both contempt charges. Mr. Bannon is expected to appeal the verdict.

On Nov. 12, 2021, DOJ filed the Bannon indictment with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Judge Carl J. Nichols was assigned to Case No. 1:21-cr-670 (CJN). Both DOJ and Mr. Bannon filed numerous pre-trial motions seeking adjudication of a variety of issues. The court generally restricted the evidence admissible at trial. The trial began on July 18, and concluded on July 22, 2022, when the jury found Mr. Bannon guilty of two counts of criminal contempt of Congress. Mr. Bannon is expected to appeal the verdict.

No proceedings to date.

No proceedings to date.