Steve Bannon faces conviction for contempt of Congress

Bannon was fired from the White House in 2017 and was a private citizen when he consulted with the then-president before the riot.

WASHINGTON — Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday after he was found guilty of defying a subpoena from the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 riot in the U.S. Capitol .

Bannon was sentenced in July two counts of contempt of Congress: one of refusing to testify and the other of refusing to produce documents.

Prosecutors have asked the judge in his case to impose a long prison sentence of six months, while Bannon’s attorneys have argued that their client deserves a suspended sentence. The statutes for contempt of Congress each provide a minimum sentence of 30 days behind bars, but Bannon’s attorneys argue the judge could simply give him a suspended sentence and not send him to jail.

The House of Representatives committee had asked for Bannon’s testimony about his involvement in Trump’s efforts to overthrow the 2020 presidential election. Bannon has yet to testify or provide documents to the committee, prosecutors wrote.

Prosecutors argued Banon68, earned the longer prison sentence for pursuing a “malicious strategy” and for his public statements disparaging the committee itself, making it clear that he wanted to undermine their efforts to investigate and prevent the violent attack again.

The defense, meanwhile, said he did not act in bad faith but was trying to avoid violating the objection to executive privilege Trump raised when Bannon was first served with a committee subpoena last year. The former presidential aide said he wanted a Trump attorney in the room, but the committee wouldn’t let it.

Many other former White House staffers have only testified with their own attorney. Bannon was fired from the White House in 2017 and was a private citizen when he consulted with the then-president before the riot.

Bannon also pointed out that he offered to testify after Trump waived executive privilege. But that was after the contempt charges were filed, and prosecutors said he would only agree to the testimony if the case was dropped.

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

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Laura Coffey

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