Bannon Gets 4 Months Behind Bars for Defying Jan. 6 Sham Trial Subpoena

Written by on October 21, 2022

Bannon Gets 4 Months Behind Bars for Defying Jan. 6 Sham Trial Subpoena

Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist

Bannon Gets 4 Months Behind Bars for Defying Jan. 6 Sham Trial Subpoena

 

Note: Personally In my opinion one political party created a kangaroo court hearing full of leftist jesters and no real justice.

 

It’s been a witch trial to just hang over the heads of any Trump supporter involved.

 

The committee even put out a subpoena for my phone and text records that day. They also tried to informally reach out to me to “chat” I ignored. I refuse to acknowledge them as well. Unfortunately if I had been forced to testify I would have had to as I have no means to fight them.

 

After all of this it’s just another way they stole the vote and covered it up (poorly). Their hands were in the cookie jar. We caught them, there are big crumbs everywhere… But we are the ones who got punished.

 

Go figure.

 

Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, was sentenced Friday to serve four months behind bars after defying a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

 

The judge allowed Bannon to stay free pending appeal and also imposed a fine of $6,500 as part of the sentence. Bannon was convicted in July of two counts of contempt of Congress: one for refusing to sit for a deposition and the other for refusing to provide documents.

 

U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols handed down the sentence after saying the law was clear that contempt of Congress is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of at least one month behind bars. Bannon’s lawyers had argued the judge could have sentenced him to probation instead. Prosecutors had asked for Bannon to be sent to jail for six months.

The House panel had sought Bannon’s testimony over his involvement in Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Bannon has yet to testify or provide any documents to the committee, prosecutors wrote.

 

Prosecutors argued Bannon, 68, deserved the longer sentence because he had pursued a “bad faith strategy” and his public statements disparaging the committee itself made it clear he wanted to undermine their effort to get to the bottom of the attack and keep anything like it from happening again.

Here’s how Bannon reacted as his sentence was read in court

From CNN’s Katelyn Polantz and Holmes Lybrand

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s trial concluded today as he was sentenced to four months in prison and dealt a $6,500 fine.

Bannon was stoic throughout the proceedings, in contrast with when the jury announced his guilty verdict and he was smiling and animated. Yet after the judge announced he would not have to serve the jail time while he appeals, Bannon cracked a smirk.

 

He thanked his attorney David Schoen several times — and just before exiting the courtroom after the proceeding ended, he walked up to the lectern facing the judge, put his hands down as if he were going to speak, then walked away.

 

And in one of his most unusual choices in a federal sentencing, where defendants often take great pains to show respect for the court, Bannon did not wear a suit. Instead, he had on a barn coat and several navy blue shirts.

 

There were also some dramatic moments from Bannon and his legal team.

 

Schoen argued much more forcefully — yelling at some points — as he railed against the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack, the Democratic-led Congress, and the Justice Department, several times cracking open his paperback copy of the Federalist Papers to read quotes from James Madison.

 

“It’s a case in which Mr. Bannon should make no apology. No American should make any apology,” Schoen said in a nearly 30-minute argument in which the judge didn’t interrupt him at all.

Schoen pointed out that Bannon had great respect for the executive branch, thus his willingness to try to keep information Trump might not want others to learn from the committee.

Recap Breakdown:

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison for contempt of Congress after defying a subpoena from the Jan. 6 committee. He was also fined $6,500.

Bannon will not have to serve the sentence until the appeal of his conviction plays out, the federal judge said. The ex-Trump aide was seeking probation and a delayed sentencing pending his appeal.

The sentence is less than what federal prosecutors sought. The Justice Department wanted Bannon be sentenced to six months and be fined $200,000.

Bannon was found guilty in July of two counts of contempt of Congress. Friday’s sentencing is a milestone moment in the DOJ’s Jan. 6 response, as prosecutors say by “flouting” the subpoena, Bannon “exacerbated” the assault on the rule of law that the US Capitol attack amounted to.

Editors Note: it’s all bullshit, hopefully Nov will bring enough votes from the Right to dissolve the committee find it to be moot and erase all these types of sentencing including the subpoena on Trump. My question is will the right wing politicians do it?

[Source Newsmax, CNN]

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