Former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon pleaded not responsible on Wednesday to 2 contempt of Congress costs stemming from his refusal to cooperate with the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 rebellion.
In a courtroom submitting forward of a video convention scheduled for Thursday with U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols, Bannon entered the plea and waived formal arraignment. Nichols will oversee the case.
Bannon, 67, surrendered to the FBI on Monday after a grand jury indicted him late final week on the contempt costs. He was launched with out bail, although he did need to give up his passport and conform to notify the courtroom if he intends to travel exterior Washington.
Bannon, as soon as a high aide to Donald Trump, is accused of failing to adjust to subpoenas issued by a House subcommittee investigating the assault on the U.S. Capitol. The rebellion led to 5 deaths and injured greater than 140 officers.
Each contempt of Congress cost is punishable by as much as one 12 months in jail and $100,000 in fines.
The indictment alleges that Bannon was on the Willard Hotel the day earlier than the riot, the place he sought “to persuade Members of Congress to block the certification of the election the next day” and predicted that “all hell is going to break loose tomorrow.”
Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.), considered one of two Republicans on the Jan. 6 committee, stated final month it appeared Bannon had “substantial advance knowledge” of the assault and had “no legal right” to disregard the subpoena.
Bannon was indicted earlier for his involvement in a scheme to fleece Trump supporters out of donations for a border wall, however was pardoned by the previous president hours earlier than he left workplace in January.