Prosecutors Urge Judge to Jail Steve Bannon

Bannon faces prison as legal battle intensifies

by Zain ul Abedin
Prosecutors Urge Judge to Jail Steve Bannon
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Federal prosecutors have urged the judge overseeing Steve Bannon's criminal contempt of Congress case to order him to commence his four-month prison sentence. This request follows an appeals court's decision last week to uphold Bannon's conviction.

In a filing on Tuesday, prosecutors argued that Judge Carl Nichols's decision to maintain the stay on Bannon's sentence after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' definitive ruling, which rejected all of Bannon's appeal grounds, was without legal basis.

"Consequently, there is no longer a 'substantial question of law that is likely to result in a reversal or an order for a new trial,'" prosecutors stated in their filing. This latest development comes as Bannon, a former adviser to Donald Trump, continues to be a prominent figure in the political landscape.

In October 2022, Bannon was convicted of contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot. Despite being sentenced to four months in prison, Judge Nichols agreed to postpone the jail term while Bannon appealed the decision.

Bannon Responds Defiantly

The three-judge panel from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals delivered their opinion on Friday, stating, "We conclude that none of the information sought in the trial subpoenas was relevant to the elements of the contempt offense, nor to any affirmative defense Bannon was entitled to present at trial." They affirmed the judgment of conviction and sentence.

Bannon, known for his defiant stance, responded to the news by telling ABC News, "I'm shocked they want to silence the voice of MAGA." His comment underscores the ongoing political tensions surrounding his case and the broader implications for supporters of the Make America Great Again movement.

It remains unclear when Judge Nichols will rule on the prosecutors' request. However, this move signifies a critical step in the legal proceedings against Bannon, as federal authorities seek to enforce the court's sentence and uphold the integrity of the judicial process.