A former adviser to Donald Trump has been charged with refusing to testify in an investigation

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A former adviser to Donald Trump has been charged with refusing to testify in an investigation into an attack on Congress.

Steve Bannon did not appear before the legislators investigating the violent events of January 6, in which five people lost their lives.

A former close adviser to former US President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon was indicted Friday for refusing to testify before the Congressional committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill, the Justice Department announced.

The 67-year-old former adviser was sued for refusing to testify and submit documents to the special committee of the House of Representatives investigating the role of the former Republican president in the attack by his supporters on the headquarters of Congress that left five dead in January this year.

Despite his plea in mid-October, Benn did not appear before lawmakers, and insisted on the right of US presidents to keep certain documents and conversations secret.

But according to the commission, this protection does not apply because Trump is no longer president and he has never formally asserted this executive privilege.

"No one is above the law," said Bannon Thompson and Liz Cheney, the agency's president and vice president. As reported by CNN, Benn intends to transform himself into the Justice Department on Monday.

The commission says Bannon has relevant information to understand how the attack occurred in which five people were killed. He pointed to his presence on January 5 in activities aimed at blocking the certification by the parliament of the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the November elections when he said: "Tomorrow all hell is going to break loose."

Bannon was one of the artisans of the Republican candidate's victorious presidential campaign in 2016 before falling from grace. He did not hold any official function on January 6. Apparently, according to the commission of inquiry, he discussed the protest with the president in the days before.

Adam Kinzinger, one of its members, told CNN that Bannon's comments and his connection to pro-Trump activists near the White House just before the attack suggest that he "seems to have known something was going to happen. "

"From my first day in office, I have promised the Department of Justice that together we would demonstrate to the American people that the department adheres to the rule of law, Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement.

"Today's charges reflect the department's firm commitment to these principles, " he added.

The former presidential adviser faces 30 days and a year in prison for each count and will be tried in federal court. The legal battle could still take months or years, which could undermine the investigation.

Another Trump aide, former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, also rejected a request to appear before the Democratic majority commission of inquiry on Friday.

Meadows' defense announced a court ruling Thursday, which temporarily suspended delivery of the White House Internal Documents Commission until November 30. The former president had demanded the presidential right to keep certain information confidential.

The Commission of Inquiry responded in a statement that current US President Joe Biden had already authorized the release of the documents and therefore Meadows has a responsibility to testify, and warned the former chief of staff that he Can also commit contempt of court. Congress.