Steve Bannon:- After being sentenced to four months in jail for contempt of Congress, former Trump strategist Steve Bannon decried the “Biden regime.” The 68-year-old Bannon was convicted in July on two counts – he refused to provide either testimony or documents to a committee investigating the Capitol riot of 6 January 2021. Additionally, Bannon must now pay a fine of $6,500 (£5,833) in addition to his jail time.
Steve Bannon Donald Trump ex-Adviser Jailed For Contempt Of Congress
It has been denied that he has committed any criminal offenses. Bannon will be released while any appeal to the sentence is resolved, according to Judge Carl Nichols. Bannon told reporters immediately following his sentencing, “Today was my judgment day by the judge.”. “We will have a vigorous appeal.”
In the context of the upcoming midterm elections, Bannon stated: “On 8 November, we’ll judge the illegitimate Biden regime.” Bannon has repeatedly made similar statements in the past and falsely claimed that Donald Trump won the 2020 election.
In the hours following Bannon’s sentence, Mr Trump was formally summoned to testify before lawmakers about the Capitol riot by the 6 January panel. A failure to comply with the summons could result in Mr Trump facing criminal charges.
A key player in Mr Trump’s successful 2016 election campaign, Bannon later became the White House’s chief strategist. A violent far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, prompted him to leave that position in August 2017. Mr. Trump considered the combative podcaster to be one of his closest allies, even after his departure.
However, the relationship between the two men has occasionally been strained. After the publication of the book “Fire and Fury” by journalist Michael Wolff in 2018 – which attributed a number of controversial statements to Bannon – Mr. Trump disavowed Bannon, saying that he “cried when he got fired and begged for his job” and referred to him as “Sloppy Steve”.
In the aftermath of the 6 January 2021 riot, Bannon didn’t comply with a summons – known as a subpoena – seeking testimony and records regarding efforts by Mr Trump and his political allies to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, as well as the events which led to the storming of Congress.
According to JP Cooney, Mr. Bannon “hid behind a fabricated claim of executive privilege in order to thumb his nose at Congress” on Friday. The public must be made aware that no one is above the law, said Mr Cooney.
As prosecutors alleged before Bannon’s sentencing, his refusal to comply “exacerbated the assault on the Capitol,” and he “continues to unlawfully withhold documents and testimony that could assist the committee’s investigation to find out what led to January 6.”
According to Bannon’s attorneys, the case is politically motivated and he is negotiating rather than ignoring the subpoenas. The judge agreed with Bannon in part, saying that he followed legal advice and didn’t ignore the subpoena or fail to take part in committee meetings. Bannon was acting “on principle”, according to defense attorney David Schoen, who represented Mr. Trump in his second impeachment trial.
“Quite frankly, Mr. Bannon should not apologize,” Mr. Schoen said. “There is nothing here to deter. There is nothing here to punish.” During a press conference at the White House, Joe Biden declined to comment, saying: “I never react to Steve Bannon.” For more updates visit CNN News Post.
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