One-time White House strategist Steve Bannon moved to plead not guilty Wednesday to criminal contempt of Congress charges after he failed to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury Friday, facing two counts: one for failing to appear for an Oct. 14 deposition before the panel and another for refusal to provide documents.
The filing anticipates a slated Thursday arraignment for Bannon in which he was expected to plead not guilty. His lawyers filed a motion on Wednesday to enter the not guilty plea and skip the arraignment — a move that requires sign off from the judge.
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Breaking: Steve Bannon pleads not guilty to contempt of Congress charges stemming from Jan. 6 probe.
His lawyer David Schoen told me: “He and we just felt there is no reason to make the Court go through the formality of an arraignment.”https://t.co/7Jtg4zwyd4
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