Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon to be sentenced on Friday after the federal jury found he is guilty of contempt of Congress in July for contrary to the agenda of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Incident. attack.
federal prosecutors want Bannon to be sentenced to six months in prison and being fined $200,000 is more severe than the minimum penalty. of 30 days in jail, in accordance with federal law. Bannon seeks probation and asks for sentencing will be deferred pending his appeal.
Here key things to know about the case and the verdict:
Verdict: Almost two days later of after hearing testimonies and testimonies from witnesses, the jury reached a unanimous verdict on two charges of contempt in less than three hours.
Bannon smiled as the verdict was read. back and further between the deputy of the courtroom and the foreman. Bannon team did not mount defense during the trial, and he did not speak. Speaking to reporters after the conviction, his attorney David Sean said they planned to appeal the verdict, calling it a “bulletproof appeal.”
At the Ministry of Justice news release promoting conviction, U.S. Attorney for area of Columbia Matthew Graves said that “the subpoena to Stephen Bannon was not an invitation to be declined or ignored.”
Why a criminal record matters: It was a victory for Jan. 6 House select committee as it continues to seek cooperation of reluctant witnesses in his historical research. It was also victory for Ministry of Justice, which is under scrutiny for his approach to issues related to January 6 attack.
Bannon one of The Justice Department has so far filed charges against two witnesses who refused to cooperate with the January 6 committee. for contempt of Congress. Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro charged grand jury last month for does not match with committee subpoenaed and pleaded not guilty.
Why the committee wanted Bannon Collaboration: Demanding his cooperation, the committee pointed to Bannon’s contacts. with Trump in in lead-up to storm the Capitol, his presence in the so-called war room of Trump allies at the Willard Hotel in Washington the day before the riot, and the prediction he made on in his pre-riot podcast about how “all hell” is about to “break free”.
role of executive privilege in happening: When a House committee demanded his cooperation, Bannon’s lawyer said Trump’s statements of executive privilege prevented Bannon from testifying or making arguments, an argument that the committee flatly rejected. Legislators noted that Bannon for there were no years government official and indicated their interest in topic areas not related to conversations with Trump.
However, Bannon’s arguments about executive privilege were not at the center of attention at trial – even though his lawyers found ways to draw attention to issue. They did it in in face of the decision of the judge, who considers this largely irrelevant to the appellate precedent, to the elements of contempt crime.