DOJ Recommends Harsh Sentence for Steve Bannon

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    The Department of Justice asked a federal judge on Monday for a sentence that would send former Trump advisor Steve Bannon to six months in prison and a fine of $200,000 for infractions to Congress.

    In a memorandum for the sentencing of 24 pages that was filed on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the prosecution criticized Bannon’s inability to follow a subpoena issued by the January. 6 committee as a “sustained, bad-faith contempt of Congress.”

    The House committee that was investigating what happened in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol repeatedly demanded documents and evidence from Bannon however, Bannon “flouted the Committee’s authority and ignored the subpoena’s demands,” the prosecutor’s report said.

    “To this day the Defendant has not produced a single document to the Committee or appeared for testimony,” they said.

    Bannon will be sentenced next Friday. This is exactly one year after being held as contemptuous by the House.

    The memo noted that Bannon who was an advisor to President Donald Trump, “deserves severe punishment” for his conduct.

    “The rioters who overran the Capitol on January 6 did not just attack a building — they assaulted the rule of law upon which this country was built and through which it endures. By flouting the Select Committee’s subpoena and its authority, the Defendant exacerbated that assault,” the court said.

    The jury found Bannon to be guilty in July of two charges of disobedience to Congress for slamming the House January. 6 committee. The time was when Bannon and his legal team stated that they were planning to appeal the decision, with lawyer David Schoen describing the verdict as “round one” in a more prolonged contest.

    Bannon surrendered before authorities from the federal government for the charges in the month of November. 2021, after he had been indicted by the Federal grand jury. One of the charges was for refusing to show up for depositions and the other one was for refusing to submit documents to the committee.

    Bannon was a key advisor to Trump’s presidential campaign. He later was a top adviser during the first seven months of his presidency, before leaving the administration in August 2017. Bannon offered informal guidance on behalf of Trump and his staff following the 2020 election, and in advance of Jan. 6 protests. The January six committee highlighted remarks Bannon said on his podcast on the day prior to the uprising to provide an example of how Bannon must respond to questions.

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