Federal Court Deals Another Asinine Blow To Steve Bannon

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Former White House adviser Steve Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison for contempt of Congress; a federal appeals court panel rejected any request to postpone the sentence, directing him to begin serving it on July 1.

The choice is made while Bannon still arguing against his conviction for allegedly ignoring a subpoena issued by the House committee looking into the Capitol incident on January 6.

The D.C. Circuit Court panel denied Bannon’s bid to continue to be free pending an appeal to the Supreme Court by a vote of 2-1. Judge Justin Walker, who was selected by President Trump, disagreed, claiming that Bannon shouldn’t serve his sentence prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling. Judges Cornelia Pillard and Bradley Garcia, who were appointed by former Presidents Barack Obama and Joe Biden, respectively, supported the ruling.

According to Bannon’s legal team, being imprisoned would make it more difficult for him to serve as a key advisor to Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign. Nonetheless, the prosecution rejected this, pointing out that Bannon’s “role in political discourse” has no bearing on the case and emphasizing the idea of “equal justice under the law.”

Bannon was found guilty almost two years ago after he disobeyed a House committee’s request for records pertaining to attempts to reverse Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election. According to his defense, he was relying on the counsel of his attorney and was bargaining in good faith.

Bannon may serve out his entire prison term before the case is considered, but it is anticipated that he will ask the Supreme Court to intervene.

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