Steve Bannon, Donald Trump‘s former strategist, was just sentenced to four months in prison. This is a result of his “contempt of Congress” charges. Bannon defied a subpoena that was issued from a special House committee that was investigating the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.
Steve Bannon’s Sentence
Originally, the Justice Department pushed for Bannon to receive six months behind bars and the punishment of a $200,000 fine. It was claimed that from the beginning, Steve Bannon took a “bad-faith” strategy and refused to comply. Lawyers who defended Bannon asked for probation, which was a result that they felt was more appropriate for the situation.Read More »
Steve Bannon’s Reaction
After the original decision of a federal jury, Bannon stated that he “respected” the outcome. However, he promised to appeal. His lawyers described his case as “bulletproof.”
Following sentencing, Bannon issued similar remarks. He questioned the actions of the Justice Department and urged the American public to make a statement on voting day.
Defense lawyers explained that Mr. Bannon owed no apologies for his contempt charges. In response, U.S. Attorney Joseph Conney strongly stressed that Bannon’s actions displayed “malicious contempt.” For this reason, he should not be treated differently than anyone else in the country. He continued to say that the defendant tried to make the entire case about politics.
Bannon’s Treatment of the Capitol Riot Committee
Simply, the Capitol riot committee demanded documents and testimony from Donald Trump‘s political ally. Bannon chose to ignore the subpoena and exploited his notoriety. Through the entire process, the defendant acted with total disregard of the government and its laws. To further the negativity, Steve Bannon personally attacked members who were investigating the case and made a joke of the criminal justice system. When Bannon was originally requested to comply, he cited claims of “executive privilege.”
Bannon’s Other Legal Woes
Besides the sentencing for contempt of Congress, Mr. Bannon is facing other legal woes. In September, he faced charges in New York for an alleged fundraising scheme. The nonprofit organization “We Build the Wall” and Bannon were charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor counts. It appears that he arranged a crowdfunding campaign to back Donald Trump‘s promise of creating a wall between Mexico and the United States. However, it is believed that Bannon used over $1 million for personal expenses. This is not the first case of this nature that was brought against Mr. Bannon. Luckily for him, Trump granted a pardon in the last days of his White House reign, which closed the first case.
Steve Bannon’s Future
There are many legal troubles facing Steve Bannon. As far as the contempt of Congress charges, he is sure to appeal. To be sure, the country will hear much more about the details from both sides of the Capitol riot. Of course, the courts will determine Bannon’s guilt or innocence. However, the public is sure to contribute opinions as well. January 6, 2021 is a day that will never be forgotten.
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