Steve Bannon Pleads Not Guilty to Criminal Contempt of Congress

Former Trump Advisor Steve Bannon has pleaded not guilty to two charges of criminal contempt of Congress after he defied a subpoena from a House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Bannon, 67, has filed a not guilty plea on Nov. 17, asking Judge Carl Nichols to wave a formal arraignment, which was scheduled on Nov. 18.

“He and we just felt there is no reason to make the Court go through the formality of an arraignment,” Bannon’s lawyer David Schoen told CNBC in a statement via email.

Bannon “has the indictment, has read it, and his plea is not guilty all as reflected in the pleading that was filed,” Schoen said.

Bannon’s plea entry came two days after he surrendered to federal authorities after the Justice Department charged him on Nov. 12 for one count of refusing to appear for a deposition and one count of refusing to provide documents to the House Select Jan. 6 Committee.

Bannon was subsequently released without bail after he surrendered, but he was subjected to general supervisions rules such as weekly check-ins and handing over his passport.

Before he surrendered on Nov. 15, Bannon told reporters, “We’re taking down the Biden regime.”

Afterwards, Bannon vowed, “This is going to be the misdemeanor from hell for Merrick Garland, Nancy Pelosi, and Joe Biden.”

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