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Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon will plead not guilty to criminal contempt charges on Wednesday after surrendering to the FBI earlier this week, according to a notice filed in court.

Driving the news: A grand jury 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 investigating the deadly riot.

  • His indictment marked the first time the Justice Department has charged someone for contempt of Congress since the 1980s.

When entering the plea, Bannon asked to waive a formal arraignment that was scheduled for later this week.

  • Before entering the courthouse on Monday Bannon was defiant. "I don't want anybody to take their eye off the ball. ... We're taking down the Biden regime every day," Bannon said, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.

The big picture: The select committee has subpoenaed dozens of former Trump aides as part of its investigation into the Capitol riot.

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Updated Dec 2, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Jan. 6 panel approves contempt referral for Trump DOJ official

Former acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Clark in October 2020. Photo: Yuri Gripas-Pool/Getty Images

The Jan. 6 Select Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to recommend holding former Trump Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark in contempt of Congress.

Driving the news: The committee offered Clark another chance to give his deposition this weekend before finalizing the measure.

Updated 5 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Prosecutors charge parents of Michigan school shooting suspect

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The parents of a 15-year-old accused of killing four students and wounding seven other people at a Michigan high school have been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, according to court documents.

The latest: Lawyers for James and Jennifer Crumbley told the Detroit News they are "returning to the area to be arraigned," after law enforcement officials announced a search for the Crumbleys had been initiated.

Updated 9 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

  1. Health: Coronavirus variant surveillance varies widely by state — Omicron cases confirmed in 5 U.S. states America probably won't lead the effort to understand Omicron.
  2. Vaccines: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world — Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters — Moderna loses patent battles tied to COVID vaccine.
  3. Politics: Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers — New Jersey GOP lawmakers defy statehouse COVID policy — Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate — Omicron travel bans are sign of what's to come.
  4. World: WHO: Delta health measures help fight Omicron — COVID cases surge in South Africa in sign Omicron wave is coming — Germany approves new restrictions for unvaccinated people.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.