Ally of former US President Trump, Steve Bannon, has surrendered to authorities to face contempt of Congress charges after refusing to give evidence about the Capitol Riot. Mr. Bannon defied a summons to testify on what he knew about plans for the protest that ended with Trump supporters storming Congress.
On Friday, the Justice Department formally charged Mr. Bannon, a former Trump White House Strategist and Senior Counsellor.
He now faces up to a year in prison and a $100,000(£74,429) fine. Bannon, 67, surrendered to officials at the FBI’s Washington DC Field Office on Monday morning.
Supporters of former President Donald Trump, stormed the US Congress building on January 6th as lawmakers inside were meeting to certify the results of the 2020 election.
In a statement last week, the Justice Department said that Mr. Bannon was indicted on one count of refusing to appear for a deposition and one count for refusing to provide documents following a subpoena from a committee investigating the riot.
Mr. Bannon – who was fired from the White House in 2017 but has remained loyal to Mr. Trump – was expected to appear in court later on Monday. On Sunday, Mr. Trump defended his former aide, saying that “This country has perhaps never done to anyone what they have done to Steve Bannon”.