On Friday, former Trump Ally Steve Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison after he was convicted of contempt of congress, for defying the subpoena from the same January 6th committee.
“From the moment that the Defendant, Stephen K. Bannon, accepted service of a subpoena from the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol … he has pursued a bad-faith strategy of defiance and contempt,” prosecutors said.
Bannon was convicted for this defiance in July of two counts of contempt of Congress. The two charges were for defying both halves of the subpoena as, like many, he was subpoenaed for documents and an appearance in front of the January 6th committee panel.
A major debate during the hearing was a discussion of whether Bannon was undermining the investigation with his comments and misleading actions.
FBI lawyer plead guilty to fabricating evidence in warrants to spy on Donald Trump, got no jail time, and had his law license restored in good standing
Steve Bannon gets four months in jail for refusing to talk to an illegitimate congressional committee.
This is justice in DC.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 21, 2022
The prosecution argued that the former Trump aide believed he was above the law. The defense disagreed and argued Bannon only wanted Trump’s lawyers in the room during internal discussions.
Bannon looked very calm walking from the courthouse and it may be because of something Lawyer and Journalist Andrew Weissmann tweeted:
“Key flaw in the Bannon sentence today was not requiring him to go to prison now. There is no substantial issue on appeal for all his actions -which is necessary to have kept him out pending appeal. Now he may never go to jail at all.”
The way democrats are celebrating you’d think Steve Bannon deleted 33,000 federally subpoenaed emails or something.
— 🇺🇸 Ben Jack’d 2.0 🇺🇸 (@JoshT1776) October 21, 2022
Bannon told a small group of journalists on the side that this is an “illegitimate regime, their judgment day is on 8th November, when the Biden administration ends”.
The turnout of Bannon’s case and appeal may determine the decisions Former President Donald Trump makes in how he handles his subpoena.
Trump was subpoenaed this week for the same details as Bannon, requiring documents and an appearance in front of the committee.
The subpoena requires Trump to hand over documents related to the case before November 4th and make his in-person appearance before November 14th. This appearance date is significant because many conservative voices were concerned this testimony would affect the November 8th midterms more than it already has.
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