Prosecutors sentence Bannon to six months in prison | CNN Politics

CNN — In a recommendation submitted on Monday, federal prosecutors said they wanted former chief adviser to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, to face six months in prison for contempt of Congress. The government is demanding a $200,000 fine. “For his persistent and vicious contempt of Congress, the defendant faces the highest possible sentence of six months in prison and a $200,000 fine for his insistence on paying the maximum fine. Prosecutors said they would cooperate with the probation department’s routine pre-sentence financial investigation, in a document filed with the court on Monday. “Bannon was free to answer his questions about his family, professional life, personal background and health,” they said, noting that Bannon did not fully follow probation during the pre-sentencing investigation. However, the defendant refused to disclose his financial records, arguing that he was willing to pay all fines imposed, including the maximum fine for each conviction.” Prosecutors said, “The mob that stormed the National Assembly on January 6 did not just attack the building, but the rule of law that this country was established and continued. Defendants aggravated the assault by obscuring the subpoena and its powers of the selection committee.” Bannon was convicted by a jury on two counts of contempt of Congress in July. His sentencing is scheduled for Friday. Prosecutors also said that Bannon’s lawyer, once subpoenaed, sought a lawyer so that the former president could claim administrative privileges, although “administrative privileges could not allow the defendant to default completely.” The government said Bannon had received a letter stating that privileges could be an issue, but he did not instruct him to withhold certain documents because Trump’s lawyers were not sure there were any documents or information with which he was privileged. The government added that the former president “did not believe that the defendant was exempted from testimony.” Prosecutors also said the last-minute offer to comply with the committee’s subpoena before Bannon’s trial this summer was “tethered.” “In other words, the Commission and the government must agree that if the defendant responds to the subpoena, the government will delay and ultimately dismiss his trial.” The government got the information from an interview with a commissioner on October 7th. Bannon’s lawyers contacted the committee on January 6, just before Bannon’s contempt trial this summer, to persuade the parliamentary committee to postpone and ultimately dismiss the trial. , the prosecutor said in a sentencing memo. Bannon’s attorney Evan Corcoran spoke with the Commission’s Chief Investigator Tim Heaphy and asked whether the Commission, along with Bannon’s attorney, would dismiss the contempt trial if Bannon complied with the Commission’s subpoena by providing documents and testimony. Last week’s voluntary interview. Heaphy responded that Bannon’s team should contact prosecutors, refusing to agree to participate in any effort. Heaphy said in an email to an included House employee, “Bannon called to leverage him to seek support because he knew that this offer to continue and ultimately dismiss his trial was unlikely to be a start.” I wrote. in the sentencing notice. “I do not expect DOJ to accept this offer because he has committed the charged offense and cannot remedy his liability by following up with the subpoena.” Prosecutors wrote in the sentencing letter that Bannon’s lawyer “made clear that the ties were tied to the defendant’s newly discovered spirit of cooperation.” The Ministry of Justice said, “When the compensation attempt failed, the defendant made no further attempts to cooperate with the Commission.” “We talked a lot about his malice.” The sentencing memo also provided new details about Bannon attorney Robert Costello’s interaction with Trump’s attorney Justin Clarke last year. Costello, citing Clark’s letter, sent a letter to the committee alleging that Trump was exercising executive privilege over Bannon’s testimony. But Clark told Costello that the letter did not claim Bannon’s executive privileges. Clark told federal investigators that Bannon’s lawyer was “angry” to the commission “totally misrepresented” what Clarke said to him, the federal prosecutor said in a sentencing memo. In an email he sent to Costello in October 2021, Clark wrote in a letter he said, “We have not indicated that we believe that there is an exemption from testifying against customers. As I said to you before, I don’t think we are there. You may have made a different decision now. It is entirely your calling.” This story has been updated with additional reporting.

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