Steve Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison for listening to the House of Representatives in January. 6 panel

Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump and convicted of contempt of Congress, arrives in federal court for a sentencing hearing on Friday. Nathan Howard/AP hide caption toggle caption Nathan Howard/AP Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump and convicted of contempt of Congress arrives in federal court for a sentencing hearing on Friday. Judge Nathan Howard/AP A sentenced former Trump’s political adviser Steve Bannon to four months in prison and a $6,500 fine for contempt of Congress. The judge said he was prepared to release Bannon while he appeals to his convictions because it is unlikely that Bannon will escape or pose a danger to the community. Bannon obscured the panel’s demands for documents and testimony on January 1st. June 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. Members of the House Selection Committee wanted to know why he said “Tomorrow Hell will be freed” the day before the siege. Federal prosecutors have called for a “severe” penalty of six months in prison and a $200,000 fine. In court documents earlier this week, they said Bannon pursued “a bad faith strategy of rebellion and contempt.” Bannon sat quietly and when US District Judge Carl Nichols asked how he felt about the award, he did not respond. In decades no one has been imprisoned for contempt of Parliament. The Justice Department took the unusual step of listing a series of radical and degrading remarks by Bannon in court filings about the judicial system and lawmakers. He called Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Selection Committee, “no guts” and said the panel was running a “show trial.” Bannon used podcasts where he spread conspiracy theories to target politically minded people. Bannon didn’t hand over a single sheet of paper to Jan. Prosecutor JP Kuni submitted it to the committee on the 6th and said he had also refused to cooperate with the probation office ahead of the sentencing. After being charged last year, Bannon promised reporters that “this would be a misdemeanor of hell for Merrick Garland, Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden.” Things didn’t work out that way. Bannon gave no arguments at trial in July, and the jury took less than three hours to convict Bannon. Bannon’s lawyers said the sentences related to his imprisonment were wrong because they did not believe he had broken the law. Rather, Bannon is said to have followed the advice of a former lawyer. “Should a man who has listened to experts his whole life as a naval officer, investment banker, corporate executive, or presidential adviser be imprisoned for relying on the advice of a lawyer?” Bannon’s attorneys Evan Corcoran and David Schoen filed the case in court. Bannon wanted to keep his freedom until his appeal. And before the verdict, there were some indications that Judge Nichols would accept Bannon’s argument. The judge expressed concern over a 60-year-old legal precedent that said the Justice Department only had to prove Bannon’s choice not to follow, not that he had improper motives. No one has ever been imprisoned for blaspheming Congress for decades. The Justice Department this year declined to indict Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and his deputy assistant, Dan Scavino. However, former Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro is expected to face trial in November on a January 11 misdemeanor misdemeanor charge. 6 panels too. Unlike Bannon, who left the White House in 2017 after a feud with Trump, Navarro served in the administration for years. Navarro is battling prosecution, has legal disputes over Trump’s authority to assert executive privileges, and has a Justice Department memo protecting the confidential advice his aide gives to the president.
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