Trump ally Steve Bannon will begin serving 4-month prison sentence July 1: judge – National

Steve Bannon, former top adviser Donald TrumpHe must report to prison by July 1 to serve a four-month sentence for contempt of Congress, a federal judge said Thursday.

The decision means that Bannon, a right-wing media firebrand who maintains influence in Trump’s constituency, will likely remain behind bars for a crucial phase of the US presidential campaign, as former President Trump faces Democratic President Joe Biden in the November 5 election.

The order by US District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington comes after a federal appeals court last month rejected Bannon’s plea to overturn his conviction for refusing to submit to a subpoena from a congressional panel investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol.

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Steve Bannon sentenced to 4 months in prison for contempt of Congress

Bannon was convicted in 2022 of two felony counts of contempt of Congress after he refused to hand over documents or testify before a Democratic-led House of Representatives committee.

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Bannon will be the second former top Trump White House official to face jail for refusing to cooperate with the committee. Former trade adviser Peter Navarro is currently serving a four-month sentence.

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Bannon had been allowed to avoid serving his sentence during his appeal. Prosecutors sought to end that immunity after a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a challenge to Bannon’s sentence.

Bannon’s lawyers urged Nichols to keep Bannon free, and argued that he could still appeal to the full DC Circuit Court or the US Supreme Court. Bannon has argued that his lawyer advised him that he did not have to comply with the subpoena and therefore did not intend to commit any crime.

Bannon, who did not work in the White House at the time, was part of a group of Trump advisers who sought to derail the formal certification of Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.

The congressional panel said he may have had information on events planned for Jan. 6, 2021, when a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a failed attempt to stop lawmakers from certifying the vote.

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