Steven Bannon to Be Jailed for Contempt of Congress

A federal appeals court denied an appeal by Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon on Thursday. Bannon will head to jail on July 1 for contempt of Congress.

Conviction: In October 2022, Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison for allegedly failing to comply with a subpoena from the January 6 Select Committee. He was convicted on two counts of contempt of Congress:

  • Refusing to sit in on a deposition with the January 6 Committee
  • Refusing to provide documents of interactions with Trump in the lead-up to the Capitol protest on Jan. 6, 2021

Bannon argues that based on advice from his attorney, he could not testify or produce documents because Trump had invoked executive privilege. He continued to cooperate with the committee during the time of his charge.

Appeal: Bannon’s imprisonment was delayed while he appealed the conviction. On May 10, however, a federal appeals court voted to uphold Bannon’s sentence.

On June 6, District Judge Carl Nichols ordered Bannon to report to prison on July 1. Bannon again requested to delay while he appealed his case to the Supreme Court.

Then on Thursday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 that Bannon must serve his prison sentence despite his ongoing appeal.

  • Judges Patricia Millett and Bradley Garcia said Bannon had “no basis” for the Supreme Court to take up his case.
  • Judge Justin Walker argued that “Bannon should not go to prison before the Supreme Court considers his forthcoming petition.”

According to cnn, Bannon will not go to a minimum-security prison, where most nonviolent offenders typically go. He will serve his time in a low-security federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut.

Trump: Bannon is an advocate for Trump’s reelection. His four-month sentence means he will be unable to support Trump in the run-up to the 2024 presidential elections. Just as corrupt courts have been trying to silence Trump and throw him behind bars before Election Day, they are also targeting his allies.

Learn more: Read “Trump Convicted by Judge Merchan’s Dark Divinations.”