Former Trump Advisor Steve Bannon was released on Nov. 15 after surrendering to federal authorities on charges of contempt of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Bannon was released from custody because prosecutors did not seek to detain him before the trial.
Bannon turned himself in at the Washington field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after being indicted on Nov. 12 for defying a subpoena from the House Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Appearing for the first time in federal court, Bannon faces one count for refusing to appear for a congressional deposition and another count for refusing to provide documents to the Committee.
Each count carries a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year in jail and a fine of up to $100,000.
Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather said during the brief hearing that Bannon will be subjected to weekly check-ins and to provide notice of any travel outside the district.
Bannon also had to surrender his passport and agreed to not obtain international travel documents.
Outside the FBI building, Bannon told the swarm of reporters, “We’re taking down the Biden regime.”
After the hearing, Bannon told the reporters, “I’m telling you right now, this is going to be the misdemeanor from hell for Merrick Garland, Nancy Pelosi, and Joe Biden.
“We’re tired of playing defense. We’re going to go on the offense on this,” Bannon added.
Bannon will be arraigned at 11 a.m. local time on Nov. 18, which will be overseen by U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols, a Trump appointee.
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