Former Donald Trump adviser and strategist Steve Benn has been accused of violating the US Congress by refusing to attend. He may now be sentenced to prison as well as fines.
Twice disobeying the US Congress and failing to attend a meeting of the legislature on the January 6 uprising and attack on the US Congress; These are the charges that Steve Benn is facing now.
A right-wing populist figure in the United States, he served as an adviser to former US President Donald Trump until 2017.
The meeting that Benn was invited to attend was devoted to examining the events surrounding the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Congress and the possible role of the former administration or its advisers in the incident.
In this regard, a working group consisting of representatives of both parties has been appointed by Congress to investigate the attack on the Capitol. Trump’s attack on the Capitol on January 6 killed five American citizens.
Former Trump adviser Steve Benn, as well as White House Chief of Staff Mark Medoz, were among those summoned to attend, but both declined to attend. Trump has asked them not to attend research group meetings.
Steve Benn’s lawyer has argued that contacts with former President Trump fall within the immunity of the executive branch.
If the US Congress votes to punish Steve Benn, he could be sentenced to 12 months in prison as well as a fine of up to $ 100,000.
Following Steve Benn refusing to attend a congressional hearing in mid-October, Benny Thompson, chair of the working group, called the behavior of the former Trump adviser “unacceptable” and a “sabotage of congressional inquiry.”
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In this regard, a working group has been appointed by Congress to investigate the Capitol attack. It should be noted that in the January 6 attack by Trump supporters on the Capitol, five American citizens were killed.
Congress has set up a working group of representatives from both parties to investigate the events of January 6th. The task force has invited a number of senior Republicans to answer questions from investigators, including former Trump adviser Steve Benn and White House Chief of Staff Mark Medoz.
Trump has asked them not to attend research group meetings. In this regard, Steve Benn did not attend the meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 14.
The group’s chairman, Benny Thompson, said Steve Benn’s behavior was “unacceptable and a disruption of congressional research”.
A decision on his absence is scheduled for next Tuesday. The matter is then sent to Congress for a vote.
If Congress votes to punish Steve Benn, he could face up to 12 months in prison. Determining the payment of a fine is also one of the penalties provided in such cases.
Trump’s adviser was charged with insulting Congress
The former Trump strategist has been accused of refusing to testify as well as refusing to provide documents related to the January 6 events.
The Ministry of Justice has announced that each of these charges carries a minimum sentence of 30 days and a maximum of one year in prison.
In October, the US House of Representatives voted in favor of a January 6 report by the Committee to Investigate the Attack on Congress Building. In the report, Trump’s adviser was found guilty of disrespecting and disobeying the committee.
The case of the former head of Trump’s office is being referred to court
Hill’s website also reported that Mark Meadows, former head of Trump’s office, did not appear before the Jan. 6 committee on Friday despite warnings.
He now risks referring his case to the US Department of Justice. If Meadows’s case is referred to the judiciary, he will be the second Trump administration official to have his case referred to the Department of Justice for ignoring the January 6 committee’s warnings.
Donald Trump had previously asked his advisers not to work with the committee. He had announced that he would use his executive powers to block the committee’s investigation.
But the Jan. 6 committee said only the current US president could make such a claim, and Joe Biden agreed to release Donald Trump’s record in the White House, citing certain circumstances.
According to IRNA, a group of After Trump’s speech that the election was rigged, racists stormed the congressional building and occupied it for hours.
Many experts and analysts have called the move an attack on democracy in the United States, and even considered it the worst terrorist attack since 9/11.
Following this incident, for the second time, and after the end of his presidency, Trump was acquitted of inciting the attackers and, as for the first time, he was acquitted.
According to the American New York Times; Former US President Donald Trump’s request that his record be kept secret from the House of Representatives’s investigation into the attack on Congress was rejected by a US federal judge.
Trump’s lawyers have demanded that documents, records and phone calls not be accessed and kept secret, and that Trump may take action in the event of an attack on Congress.
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