Bannon taken into custody on contempt of Congress charges
Former Trump adviser Steven Bannon surrendered to the FBI on charges of contempt of Congress.
Driving the news: A grand jury last week indicted Bannon on two counts of contempt of Congress for his failure to comply with a subpoena issued by the House Jan. 6 select committee. He is expected to appear before a judge later on Monday.
What he's saying: "I don't want anybody to take their eye off the ball. ... We're taking down the Biden regime every day," Bannon said Monday, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
- "I want you guys to stay focused, stay on message. Remember signal, not noise. This is all noise, not signal. Thank you very much."
Our thought bubble via Axios' Jonathan Swan: Bannon’s friends say probably nobody has enjoyed being indicted more than Bannon. He sees it as an opportunity to elevate his status as a MAGA martyr and promote his already high-rating podcast. This is all political theater to Bannon.
- Bannon's indictment marked the first time the Justice Department has charged someone for contempt of Congress since the 1980s. He faces fines and possible jail time if convicted.
- House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff on Sunday said that Bannon's indictment could "influence other witnesses" to cooperate with the committee.
- Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows could also face contempt of Congress charges, after failing to appear before the committee on Friday.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional details throughout.