Trump ally Steve Bannon faces contempt conviction

WASHINGTON — Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, will be sentenced Friday after being convicted of defying a subpoena from the House panel investigating the January 6 U.S. Capitol uprising.

Bannon was convicted in July of two counts of contempt of Congress: one for refusing to sit down for a statement and the other for refusing to provide documents.

Prosecutors in his case have asked the judge to impose a hefty six-month prison sentence, while Bannon’s lawyers have argued that their client deserves probation. The contempt of Congress statutes each include a minimum sentence of 30 days behind bars, but Bannon’s attorneys argue that the judge can simply sentence him to probation and not send him to jail.

The House committee had requested Bannon’s testimony about his involvement in Trump’s efforts to undo the 2020 presidential election. Bannon has yet to provide witnesses or documents to the commission, prosecutors wrote.

Prosecutors argued that Bannon, 68, deserved the longer sentence for pursuing a “bad faith strategy” and his public statements despising the commission itself made it clear that he wanted to get to the bottom of their efforts to get to the bottom of the violent attack. to seek, to undermine and to preserve the like. it happens again.

The defense, meanwhile, said he was not acting in bad faith, but was trying to avoid conflicting with executive objections raised by Trump when Bannon was first served with a commission subpoena last year. The former presidential adviser said he wanted a Trump lawyer in the room, but the commission did not allow it.

Many other former White House employees have testified with only their own counsel. Bannon was fired from the White House in 2017 and was a private individual when he consulted with the then president before the riots.

Bannon also pointed out that he had offered to testify after Trump relinquished the administrative law. But that was after the charges of contempt were filed, and prosecutors say he would only agree to make the statement if the case were dropped.

Prosecutors have pushed for the maximum fine, saying Bannon had refused to answer routine questions about his income and insisted he could pay whatever the judge ordered.

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