Trump’s Former Adviser Steve Bannon Jailed For Contempt Of Congress.
- “Their judgment day is on 8 November, when the Biden administration ends,” he told reporters.
Former US president Donald Trump’s adviser, Steve Bannon was sentenced to four months imprisonment and fined $6,500 on Friday, October 21, after previously being found guilty of acting in contempt of Congress.
Bannon had been called to turn over communications and other documentation to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack, and to appear before the panel for a deposition. He refused, and the House voted to hold him in contempt of Congress late last year.
Steve Bannon served as the White House’s chief strategist in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump during the first seven months of Trump’s term
In July, a federal jury found him guilty on two contempt charges, one for the documents and one for the testimony.
Prosecutors had asked the federal court in Washington, D.C., to send Bannon to prison for six months and fine him $200,000 but U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols, a Trump appointee, on Friday, October 21 noted Bannon’s lack of remorse before handing down his ruling. Nichols reportedly told the court that others must be deterred from similarly flouting congressional authority.
The sentence, however, will be stayed to give Bannon’s team time to file an appeal, allowing Bannon to walk free for now. If Bannon does not file an appeal, he will need to surrender by Nov. 15.
Outside the courthouse, before the proceedings began, Bannon decried the “illegitimate regime” of President Joe Biden.
“Their judgment day is on 8 November, when the Biden administration ends,” he told reporters gathered outside the building, which does not allow cameras inside.
Bannon declined to make a statement in court on his own behalf. He walked out of the building to a crowd of protesters, and shouts of, “Traitor!”
While Bannon’s tenure as an official adviser to Trump was short-lived, he lasted less than a year in the White House in 2017. He was alleged to be speaking with Trump as the president clung to power in the wake of losing the 2020 election.
Bannon argued that he could not cooperate because Trump was attempting to use executive authority to shield the documents, even though he is no longer in office and the current administration has declined to invoke executive authority on Trump’s behalf.
Judge Nichols noted that Bannon refused to cooperate with the congressional committee even after Trump offered to drop his claim of executive privilege in July. At the time, Bannon’s attorneys claimed that their client “preferred” to cooperate with the panel.