Steve Bannon Set for July 1 Prison Reporting

Bannon Faces Prison as Legal Challenges and Scrutiny Continue to Mount.

by Nouman Rasool
Steve Bannon Set for July 1 Prison Reporting
© Andrew Harnik/Getty Images

Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist for Donald Trump, was ordered to begin his four-month-long prison sentence on July 1 for contempt of Congress. The announcement came after an appeal ruling that Mr. Bannon had lost regarding his conviction in a case originating from failure to comply with a subpoena issued by the House January 6th Committee.

The committee, dissolved by Republicans' takeover of Congress, had already subpoenaed Bannon's testimony about his activities in the weeks before the January 6 attack on the Capitol. The ruling came from a federal appeals court, with judges appointed by presidents Joe Biden, Donald Trump, and Barack Obama, underscoring a bipartisan consensus on the decision.

The judges unanimously rejected Bannon's argument that he followed legal advice in blowing off the subpoena. They said allowing an override of the contempt statute would undercut Congress' ability to conduct critical investigations.

Bannon's Conviction Upheld

Bannon's conviction was upheld upon scrutiny of his conduct and remarks. In a podcast recording on January 5, this included his prediction that "all hell [was] going to break loose" the next day.

It was also noted that discussions Bannon had on reversing the 2020 election results were in his background, leading to him being legally challenged. Despite those legal reversals, Bannon has kept an outsized profile in political conversations, regularly hosting a podcast in which he's been effusive in his encouragement of Trump.

He has publicly said that Trump, who was convicted on felony charges in New York just last month, would exact revenge should he come back to power. All this while, he maintained a high profile in political conversations, including running a regular podcast in which he continues to support Trump.

"The latest twists gave the Bannon case another layer of public intrigue around a right-wing provocateur and solidified figure in conservative media," they wrote. The case underscores the continuing legal and political fallout from the January 6 attack—an event that underscored, perhaps beyond any other, the chasm into which American politics had dropped.

Now, with Bannon preparing for prison, this vital marker of accountability in the Capitol riot is also punctuated with the consequences key figures face. The more significant implications of what happens with Bannon's imprisonment probably will reverberate through political, legal, and media circles as the country keeps working through the meaning of January 6.