In the view of the U.S. Justice Department, the contempt of Congress case against former Trump strategist Stephen Bannon is simple.

Bannon was subpoenaed by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol for testimony and documents related to his efforts to help former President Donald Trump contest the certification of the election. He refused to sit for a deposition or hand over documents and, after the House voted to send a criminal referral to the federal prosecutor’s office in Washington, he was indicted.