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Steve Bannon Surrendered to the FBI: Who is the controversial former Donald Trump adviser and far-right podcaster?

The far right Steve Bannon, ally of former US President Donald Trump, it was delivered this monday in the office of FBI of Washington after being indicted for two counts of contempt of Congress having failed to respond to a subpoena from the legislative committee investigating the assault on the Capitol on January 6.

Bannon, 67, is facing one charge for his refusal to appear before the committee, while the second is for refusing to deliver documents. According to the EFE agency, an indictment for contempt of Congress can lead to between 30 days and a year in prison, as well as a fine of between 100 and thousand dollars (between about 2,666 and 20,600 Mexican pesos).

The formal indictment came last Friday after the United States House of Representatives held Bannon in contempt on October 21 for refusing to appear before the investigative committee of the January 6 assault on the Capitol by a mob of supporters of former President Trump. This statement was passed to the Department of Justice, which had to decide whether to proceed with the process.

Bannon, being a former adviser to Donald Trump at the time, could have important information about what happened that day, when the supporters of the former president stormed the Capitol armed with axes, bats and hockey sticks, among other objects, which caused the death of five people and wounded another 140, mostly agents.

Steve Bannon and Trump were “ideological soul mates”

Before turning himself in to the authorities, Bannon asked his followers on a live broadcast not to put aside “what they are doing every day … We are bringing down the Biden regime every day. “, affirmed the also podcaster and conductor ofThe controversial internet show “War Room”, where he usually has guests with the same political inclination as him and, at the time, Donald Trump, as well as fAnatics of conspiracy theories.

But this is not the first time that Steve Bannon is in the eye of the hurricane, because in August 2020 it had been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering for $ 25 million Through the page We Build the Wall, where supposedly resources were raised to finance the construction of the wall between border of Mexico with the United States. At that moment, Donald split from his former advisor and said she hadn’t heard from him in a long time, CNN reported.

By then they were no longer friends and even the tycoon already considered him a traitor despite the fact that during his administration, Bannon was a key player in the White House and even “ideological and spiritual guide” of Donald Trump: during the first year of his government he was Chief Strategy Officer of the Presidency and member of the National Security Council, but he did not know how to keep his positions and was fired.

After leaving the White House, Bannon he turned to support movements of the right and extreme right in Latin America and countries such as France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Brazil, Argentina and the Netherlands. He also showed support for conservatives in Russia, Egypt or South Korea, considering that they are the path to nationalism.

According to The Washington Post, Donald Trump and Steve Bannon they met 11 years ago thanks to David Bossie, leader of the ultraconservative group Citizens United and they soon became friends because they agreed in their rejection of the republican leadership of that time. “It didn’t take long for them to become ideological soulmates“Sam Nunberg, who worked on the Trump campaign in 2015, told said media.

Steve Bannon’s many jobs

Before meeting the now former president of the United States, Steve Bannon ran the news site Breitbart News, of which he became executive director, in which space for expression was given to the call alternate right, mainly comprised of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, nationalists, xenophobes or reactionaries of all kinds, relates a publication by the journalist Pelayo de las Heras in Ethic.

But before that he had multiple jobs: between 1976 and 1983 he was in the Navy from United States; a year later it was investment banker at Goldman Sachs, where it was until 1990. It has also been film producer and director and even bought a small part of the rights to the hit television series Seinfield.

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