WASHINGTON — Longtime Trump ally Steve Bannon appeared before a judge Monday to face criminal contempt charges for defying a subpoena from Congress’ Jan. 6 committee, then declared combatively outside court that he was “taking on the Biden regime” in fighting the charges.

Bannon, 67, entered the FBI field office in downtown Washington after walking through a crowd of photographers, saying: “I don’t want anybody to take their eye off the ball for what we do every day. … We’re taking down the Biden regime.”

In court, Bannon appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather, who read the charges against him: two counts of contempt of Congress, each punishable by at least 30 days and up to a year in jail if convicted and up to a $100,000 fine

Bannon was not arraigned and did not enter a plea. He will appear Thursday before U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols of Washington.

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Prosecutors did not seek detention for a misdemeanor offense, and Bannon was released after swearing to comply with pretrial court supervision, including weekly check-ins by phone and notifying the court of any travel outside the D.C. area. Afterward, he spoke outside the court to reporters while protesters held up a sign saying “coup plotter” behind them.

“I’m telling you right now this is going to be the misdemeanor from hell for Merrick Garland, Nancy Pelosi and…

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