Steve Bannon, a former aide to President Donald Trump, turned himself into authorities Monday morning after a federal grand jury indicted him on two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to provide information regarding the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Alt-right scholar Ben Teitelbaum, author of War for Eternity: Inside Bannon’s Far-right Circle of Global Power Brokers, can discuss the relationship between Trump and Bannon and Bannon’s role in shaping conservative politics since he left the White House in 2017.
Teitelbaum is an assistant professor of ethnomusicology and international affairs who has written several books about the rise of the alt-right movement and recorded more than 20 hours of interviews with Bannon for his book.
“The indictment is necessary to secure the integrity of congressional subpoenas, and it may prompt other individuals under subpoena to comply, but it is likely to increase Bannon's stature in the Trump movement,” said Teitelbaum. “His potential role in January 6th and the committee's interest in him seems to rebuke a media narrative that Bannon has been irrelevant since his departure from the White House in 2017. He continues to shape conservative politics, albeit through unconventional means.”
Listen to Teitelbaum's lecture "Face to Face with the Radical Right."