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Steve Bannon Has Been Found Guilty Of Being In Contempt Of Congress For Defying A Jan. 6 Committee Subpoena



Steve Bannon, a top adviser to former president Donald Trump, was found guilty on two counts of contempt of Congress on Friday for refusing to comply with a subpoena to testify and provide documents to the Jan. 6 committee.

He now faces a maximum of one year in prison for each count.

Bannon was subpoenaed by the committee to sit for a taped deposition to provide information on what he knew of the Jan. 6 riot on Oct. 14, and then hand over related documents on Oct. 16 — neither of which he did. He was charged with two misdemeanor counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with the congressional subpoena.

Jurors were ultimately tasked with determining whether Bannon defied the congressional subpoena on purpose. After three days of arguments, a 12-person jury found that he did.

Throughout the weeklong trial, prosecutors argued that Bannon behaved as if he was above the law by defying the subpoena.

“That subpoena was not a request, it was not an invitation. It was mandatory,” Assistant US Attorney Amanda Vaughn said in her opening statement on Tuesday. “The defendant decided he was above the law and decided he didn’t have to follow the government’s orders like his fellow citizens.”

Several defenses that Bannon’s team wanted to put forth were rejected by US District Judge Carl J. Nichols at a pretrial hearing earlier this month. At the end, his lawyers were allowed to only argue whether Bannon knew when his response to the subpoena was due. Bannon’s request to delay the trial by three months was also denied.

During opening statements, Bannon’s lawyer, Evan Corcoran, argued that Bannon was still in negotiations with the committee when he was slapped with contempt of Congress charges.

“The dates on the subpoena were not fixed,” Corcoran said. “They were flexible.”

Prosecutors called two witnesses to the stand: Kristin Amerling, the select committee’s chief counsel, and FBI Special Agent Stephen Hart, who reviewed Bannon’s public statements about the subpoena. Amerling testified that the committee only heard from Bannon after he had missed the first deadline to respond. Hart talked about Bannon’s social media posts about the subpoena, and said that Bannon’s attorney did not suggest that there was any flexibility in the dates on the subpoena.

Bannon’s lawyer did not present a defense, and he did not take the stand.

Outside the courthouse, Bannon publicly railed against the select committee. He dismissed it as a “show trial” after jury selection on Monday, and loudly criticized the committee and its chairman, Rep. Benny Thompson, outside the courthouse in the following days, including questioning whether Thompson’s recent COVID-19 diagnosis was real.

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‘The Voice’ Sneak Peek: Niall Horan Says He’s Not Coming Back After Tough Battle Round Decision



The Battle Rounds are always tough for The Voice coaches, but on Monday, Niall Horan might be ready to throw in the towel!

The rookie coach dooms himself in a new sneak peek at a Team Niall Battle between Michael B. and Ryley Tate Wilson, who take the stage with a stunning rendition of Giveon’s “Heartbreak Anniversary” that blows all four coaches away.

“That was one of the best performances we’ve seen in the Battle Rounds,” Chance the Rapper praises. 

“Michael, I don’t know how you weren’t a four-chair turn,” Kelly Clarkson marvels, to which Blake Shelton replies, “I don’t think I was here that day.”

However, when it comes to their coach, who has to pick a winner and loser of the Battle — or will he use his Playoff Pass? — Niall is hurting.

“If they ask me to come back, I’m not coming back,” he laments. “Because I cannot tell you how hard this is.”

Calling the pair’s performance “off the charts,” Niall praised the pair for making the song their own, before bemoaning the fact that he has the toughest decision to make.

Watch the full Battle below and tune in on Monday to see who wins!

ET spoke with the season 23 coaches ahead of the premiere, who all shared how excited they were to be on the show for The Cowboy’s last go-round.

“I texted him,” Kelly shared. “If he was gonna do a last season, I wanted to make sure I was there.”

However, the talk show host insisted that she won’t be letting nostalgia affect her competitive nature.

“If [Blake] wins, I am very happy for him, because that is super cool to win on the last season and he’s literally the show, from its conception,” she conceded. “But, like, I’m not, like, rooting for him to win. I’ll be happy for him if he does, but I’m obviously trying to win myself.”

As for the show’s new coaches, Niall and Chance said they were ready to put in the work against the Team Blake dynasty.

“It’s been awesome,” Chance said of joining the show. “Kelly’s very, very sweet, very nice to me. And Blake is… here.”

The Voice airs Mondays at 8 p.m. PT/ET and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. PT/ET on NBC.

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27 Products On Amazon That Inspired Over 1,000 People To Leave A 5-Star Review



Promising review: “Love this product! It’s a great cheese alternative for cheese. I love the freshness and how it complements the taste of your food. Great with popcorn, salads and steamed veggies. I’m sure I can put it in just about anything but so far I’m very happy with it specially in my popcorn.” —Karen

Price: $7.49+ (available in three sizes, packs of one, two, or six, and four flavors)

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Lauren Daigle performs ‘Thank God I Do’ live on TODAY



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Grammy winner Lauren Daigle makes the television debut of her brand-new song “Thank God I Do” as part of the Citi Music Series on TODAY.

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