Steve Bannon taken into custody at court hearing

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon was taken into custody Monday after he failed to appear at a closed hearing in Washington District Court. If convicted, Bannon, the former chief executive of the far-right website…

Steve Bannon taken into custody at court hearing

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon was taken into custody Monday after he failed to appear at a closed hearing in Washington District Court.

If convicted, Bannon, the former chief executive of the far-right website Breitbart News, faces a maximum prison sentence of 30 days and a fine of $1,000 for contempt of court.

Bannon arrived at the courthouse late in the afternoon on a motorcycle with a chainsaw dangling from the helmet. He left on another motorcycle shortly after it arrived with what appeared to be a brown bag. The bags were likely his lawyers’ bags, though it was not clear what items were inside.

His attorneys were not in court.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis asked Bannon why he didn’t show up at the hearing. Bannon replied that he was “getting ready for the season,” but asked the judge if there would be a warrant issued.

“I will not answer that,” Ellis said.

Ellis then told Bannon to go back to the Department of Justice and pick up paperwork from the U.S. Attorney’s Office regarding the hearing. He told him that if he didn’t appear for the hearing he “could be going to jail.”

Bannon responded by saying: “I’m not talking to you.”

Ellis then ordered Bannon into custody and handcuffed him.

Bannon, 51, is expected to appear in federal court later Monday. A hearing has been scheduled for 10 a.m.

The Justice Department declined to comment.

Bannon is facing charges that he made false statements to the FBI during an interview in July 2017 regarding a website he co-founded that trafficked in online hucksterism.

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