Several heavily armed Washington, D.C., police officers surrounded the home of former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Friday. The tactical team was responding to a call falsely reporting an active shooter was at the location.
The dispatch call indicated a report of an “individual with a mental health crisis” who was “making threats and claims that he shot someone.” The caller also claimed he would shoot more people and then himself if police threatened him.
The police response occurred at Bannon’s residence at 10:45 a.m. Friday as he was involved in a live broadcast of his show, War Room.
Bannon did not pause the live broadcast as the police team went through and around his house. He later issued a statement to Breitbart News saying, “Honey badgers don’t give a f—.” He also told NBC News that the “police were terrific.”
Police closed off streets close to Bannon’s home and the Supreme Court and Capitol buildings for about an hour. After about an hour, officers determined that there was “no shooting, no weapon, no threat, and no victim.”
The call to police appears to have been a “swatting” incident. That term refers to placing a false call of an emergency situation to police with the intention of causing a response involving SWAT teams and a false alert of imminent danger. Swatting calls have been known to be made for the purpose of harassment, causing a risk of harm, or diverting police attention away from other activities.
No reports have yet been made about whether the police have information regarding the identity of the person or group that made the apparent swatting call or the reasons why the call was made.
Bannon has been making news this year as a result of his refusal to comply with a subpoena from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 Committee. He has been cited with criminal contempt of Congress for his claim that he is not permitted to testify because of the executive privilege that belongs to President Donald Trump regarding their communications.
Bannon has now reportedly told the committee that he is willing to appear to testify at a public hearing after he received a letter from Trump on Saturday formally waiving the claim of executive privilege.