Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon was arrested for refusing to comply with a subpoena in January.

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Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon was arrested after he refused to comply with a subpoena in January.

The Associated Press’ MICHAEL BALSAMO and MARY CLARE JALONICK contributed to this report.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, surrendered to federal authorities on Monday, defying a subpoena from a House committee investigating the January insurgency at the US Capitol.

Bannon was arrested early Monday and will appear in court later that afternoon.

On Friday, the 67-year-old was charged with two counts of criminal contempt, one for refusing to appear for a congressional deposition and the other for refusing to provide documents in response to a subpoena issued by the committee.

The indictment came as a second expected witness, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, defied his own subpoena from the committee on Friday, and as Trump’s legal battles to withhold documents and testimony related to the insurgency have escalated.

If Meadows is found in contempt by the House, the recommendation will be forwarded to the Justice Department for possible indictment.

Congress has held officials from both Democratic and Republican administrations in contempt, but criminal contempt indictments are uncommon.

The indictment against Bannon comes after a slew of Trump administration officials, including Bannon, defied congressional requests and demands with little consequence over the last five years, including during an impeachment investigation.

Two of President Barack Obama’s officials who defied congressional demands were not charged by his administration.

According to the indictment, from the time he received the subpoena on Sept. 1, Bannon did not communicate with the committee in any way.

24 until the end of October

His lawyer sent him a letter seven hours after the documents were due, at 7 p.m.

The indictment claims that Bannon, who worked at the White House early in Trump’s presidency and now hosts the conspiracy-minded “War Room” podcast, is a private citizen who “refused to appear to give testimony as required by a subpoena.”

When Bannon declined to appear for his deposition in October, his lawyer claimed that a lawyer for Trump had told him not to answer questions, citing executive privilege.

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