Bannon's Contempt Case Heats Up As Prison Gates Swing Open

By Lisa Pelgin | Wednesday, 15 May 2024 12:00 PM
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The Department of Justice under President Biden has urged the presiding judge in the criminal contempt of Congress case against Steve Bannon, a former advisor to President Trump, to enforce his prison sentence.

This follows the affirmation of Bannon's conviction by an appeals court last week. Bannon was sentenced to a four-month prison term in October 2022.

Prosecutors have argued that with the appeals court's decision to uphold the conviction, Bannon's prison sentence should commence. They stated in their filing, "Consequently, there is no longer a 'substantial question of law that is likely to result in a reversal or an order for a new trial,'" as reported by ABC News.

Reacting to the development, Bannon told ABC News, "I'm shocked they want to silence the voice of MAGA."

In a ruling on May 10, Judge Brad Garcia, writing for a three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, stated, "It is undisputed that the first time Bannon raised these arguments was in district court, long after his deadline for responding to the subpoena had passed." He added, "A witness cannot defend against a contempt of Congress charge based on an affirmative defense that they were able, but failed, to raise at the time they were ordered to produce documents or appear."

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In 2022, Bannon was found guilty on two counts of contempt of Congress and sentenced to four months in prison for failing to comply with a subpoena issued by the January 6 House Select Committee.

This development coincides with Peter Navarro, another former Trump advisor, currently serving a four-month sentence in a Miami prison for non-compliance with a congressional subpoena, also issued by the January 6 Select Committee.

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