Bannon Sentenced To Four Months In Prison For Contempt Of Congress

It's the first sentence for someone who defied a January 6 Committee subpoena.
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 15: Standing on the running board of a vehicle, Steve Bannon, advisor to former President Donald Trump, speaks to the media outside of the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse on June 15, 2022 i... WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 15: Standing on the running board of a vehicle, Steve Bannon, advisor to former President Donald Trump, speaks to the media outside of the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse on June 15, 2022 in Washington, DC. Bannon appeared before a federal judge in connection with his indictment for contempt of Congress for failing to respond to a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee on January 6. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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A D.C. federal judge sentenced Stephen K. Bannon to four months in prison on Friday for contempt of Congress, charges that stemmed from him dodging a subpoena issued by the January 6 committee last year.

U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols for the District of Columbia also imposed a $6,500 fine. Nichols said that he would stay the execution of the sentence so long as Bannon filed a “timely” appeal.

“Flaunting congressional subpoenas betrays a lack of respect for the legislative branch,” Nichols reportedly remarked before issuing the sentence.

Reports from the courthouse suggested that Bannon remained defiant, while Nichols agreed with the basics: the Committee has a right to investigate, and Bannon was not justified in defying the subpoena.

Prosecutors had sought a six month term behind bars for Bannon and a maximum fine of $200,000. Bannon had refused to comply with the financial records portion of the presentence investigation, prosecutors said, instead saying he would be willing to pay the maximum to avoid it.

Bannon has struck a defiant pose since first receiving a subpoena last year, ostentatiously refusing to comply while proclaiming that the Committee, DOJ investigation, and Biden administration were all illegitimate.

At sentencing, Bannon attorney Doug Schoen channeled that same pose, with multiple reports saying that he claimed that Bannon never believed “in any way, shape, or form” that his conduct violated the law.

Schoen also reportedly told Nichols that if Bannon had truly wanted to defy Congress, he would have said, verbatim, “screw you, Congress. Take your subpoena and shove it.”

“Mr Bannon is entitled, obligated to speak out about the committee, as he has,” Schoen also said, per reports.

Assistant U.S. Attorney J. P. Cooney said, per multiple reports from the courthouse, that Bannon had used the January 6 Committee hearings to create a “public spectacle,” and asked that he be “treated like any other citizen.”

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  1. Pucker up, Steve.

  2. Avatar for fess fess says:

    $6500? Pocket change.

  3. So he’s got a while yet while appeals play out. At least he’s likely to go in before a Republican POTUS can pardon him.

  4. Obviously, I would prefer that Bannon be broken, and incarcerated indefinitely until he agrees to cooperate. Of course, how would that square with the fact that by the end of the January, let’s hope I’m wrong, the January 6th committee committee, will fully exonerate him? The fascists are winning.

  5. This sentence could best be described as a “gross miscarriage of justice.” It also offers more proof that if you’re a rich white Rethugliklan the chances of really being held accountable are slim to none.

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