Bannon Case Assigned To Judge Appointed By Trump

Politico reports:

Each of the two counts Bannon was hit with Friday is punishable by up to a year imprisonment, with a minimum sentence of one month in jail. One charge covers Bannon’s refusal to testify, while the other applies to his refusal to produce documents in response to the committee’s subpoena.

Bannon is expected to make his initial court appearance on the charges next week, but details were not immediately available. His case was assigned to Judge Carl Nichols, a Trump appointee.

The filing of criminal charges for defiance of the committee also sends a major signal to other witnesses who are on the fence about testifying. Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows refused to appear for a deposition Friday, despite having been subpoenaed.

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Last year Nichols sided with TikTok after Trump’s attempt to ban the app because thousands of TikTok teens had made fake reservations for his humiliatingly empty Tulsa rally. Earlier this year he denied motions to dismiss Dominion’s lawsuits against Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Mike Lindell.