President Donald Trump’s former top advisor Steve Bannon vowed to fight the criminal charges levied against him by House Democrats and the “illegitimate Biden regime.”
Bannon told reporters outside a courthouse in the nation’s capital that Joe Biden, Merrick Garland, and Nancy Pelosi are going to face a “misdemeanor from hell,” for their political persecution of him.
“This is going to be the misdemeanor from hell for Merrick Garland, Nancy Pelosi, and Joe Biden,” Bannon told reporters.
“Joe Biden ordered Merrick Garland to prosecute me from the White House lawn when he got off Marine One—and we’re going to go on the offense. We’re tired of playing dense. We’re going to go on the offense on this,” said Bannon.
He continued, “Nancy Pelosi is taking on Donald Trump and Steve Bannon, you ought to ask Hillary Clinton how that’s working out for them.”
The U.S. House referred Bannon to the Justice Department for prosecution after he refused to comply with a congressional subpoena last month. He faces charges over his refusal to provide documents and testimony to investigators over the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6.
The Jan. 6 Committee, created by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was formed to investigate the attack on the Capitol Building, of which many Democrats have accused President Trump of inciting. Bannon, along with 34 members of the Trump administration, have been issued subpoenas by the commission.
The committee, which consists of seven Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans, also issued subpoenas for former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former White House Press Sec. Kayleigh McEneny, and former NSA advisor Michael Flynn.
Attorney General Merrick Garland celebrated Steve Bannon’s indictment and charges with a DOJ press release.
“Since my first day in office, I have promised Justice Department employees that together we would show the American people by word and deed that the department adheres to the rule of law, follows the facts and the law and pursues equal justice under the law,” said Garland. “Today’s charges reflect the department’s steadfast commitment to these principles.”
Bannon turned himself into authorities on Monday. Although Bannon will not be detained before trial, he was forced to agree to surrender his passport, submit to weekly check-in’s, and notify authorities when he travels outside of his district. He is due to appear in court on Thursday.