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Steve Bannon: Congress to pursue criminal charges against former Trump aide |  World news

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A committee investigating the Capitol Riot said it would pursue criminal charges against former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon after he failed to appear before them.

Mr. Bannon had been summoned to the congressional panel, which is investigating the January 6 uprising, Thursday.

However, his lawyer said that Mr. Trumpdirection of it would not appear.

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Mr. Bannon was not in government at the time of the riot but was in contact with Donald Trump. Photo: AP
Steve Bannon: Congress to pursue criminal charges against former Trump aide |  World news
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Rioters stormed the Capitol in riots that left five dead. Photo: AP

“The select committee will not tolerate disregard of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with the procedure for dismissing Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt,” Representative Bennie Thompson said in a statement.

If found guilty, he faces a fine and up to one year in prison.

Representative Thompson added: “Mr Bannon refused to cooperate with the select committee and instead hides behind the former president’s insufficient, general and vague statements regarding the privileges he claimed to invoke.

“We reject his position entirely.”

Now the panel will vote on Tuesday to recommend the charges, which will then be sent to the House for a full vote.

If the House supports contempt of Mr. Bannon, the Justice Department will have the final say on whether or not to prosecute.

The former presidential adviser was sacked from the White House in 2017 and was not in government at the time of the January riots, which saw Trump supporters storm the Capitol and kill five people.

However, the committee had requested evidence from Mr Bannon, who was in contact with the then president.

The rioters repeated Mr Trump’s false claims of widespread fraud as they marched on Capitol Hill, even though the election results were confirmed by state officials and confirmed by the courts.

Two other aides who worked for Mr. Trump – former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and longtime Trump social media director Dan Scavino – are due to give evidence on Friday. It is not known if they will appear.

Steve Bannon: Congress to pursue criminal charges against former Trump aide |  World news
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Rioters repeated Trump’s false claims about widespread voter fraud.

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Hours before he left the White House for the last time in January, Mr. Trump pardoned Mr. Bannon after being accused of fooling thousands of donors who thought their money would be used to keep the campaign pledge to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

Instead, he allegedly embezzled over a million dollars, paying a campaign manager a salary and personal expenses for himself.

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