Steve Bannon has a court date coming up to face a contempt charge for refusing to testify before the January 6th Committee. However, someone close to him, who likely has knowledge of his communications and meetings, just did.
Rolling Stone learned through confidential contacts that the House Committee investigating the January 6th attacks on Congress has interviewed Alexandra Preate — a close associate who describes herself as Bannon’s “personal spokesman.”
Preate herself is not answering questions about the interview, but was reportedly at the January 6th rally, along with many of Donald Trump’s inner circle, and has been the subject of controversy and legal questions even before January 6th. Her work alongside Bannon in the White House, as well as her closeness to the January 6th events, could indicate knowledge of connections and communications about that day.
The World reported in 2017 that Preate’s role as “shadow press” for Bannon might not only be unprecedented, but potentially illegal.
Preate was not only speaking for Bannon, but reportedly working with White House officials to draft messaging and responses to press inquiries while Donald Trump served his term as President, something that raised ethics questions since she was not a government employee herself and had no official White House role.
According to Law & Crime, a complaint about Preate’s role alleged that her participation in government work placed Bannon in defiance of the Antideficiency Act, which could result in prison time. It was also alleged that she was providing services to Bannon for free, which could also have placed him in violation of rules about executive branch employees accepting valuable gifts.
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