DOJ seeks jail term for Steve Bannon for evading Jan 6 committee : NPR


Former Trump administration White House adviser Steve Bannon listens to attorney David Schoen speak to reporters outside the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal District Courthouse on November 15, 2021.

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DOJ seeks jail term for Steve Bannon for evading Jan 6 committee : NPR

Former Trump administration White House adviser Steve Bannon listens to attorney David Schoen speak to reporters outside the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal District Courthouse on November 15, 2021.

Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The Justice Department recommends Steve Bannon, a former Trump adviser, be sentenced to six months in prison and fined $200,000 after defying a subpoena to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

The court filing Monday by the DOJ argues that Bannon ‘exacerbated’ the attack on Capitol Hill by evading the committee’s subpoena and that he failed to fully comply with the pre-sentencing investigation. of the DOJ, accusing him of “a bad faith strategy of defiance and contempt.”

In response to the DOJ, Bannon’s attorneys asked for probation and to stay out of jail pending an appeal.

They say he believed the former president had invoked executive privilege to prohibit his testimony.

Bannon was found guilty of two counts of contempt of Congress this summer and is expected to be formally sentenced Oct. 21.

The former Trump aide was subpoenaed by the committee last year, along with other Trump associates, for an alleged meeting at the Willard Hotel near the White House the day before Jan. 6.

Congress then voted to remove Bannon for criminal contempt of Congress, and he was indicted three weeks later by the DOJ. Specifically, Bannon faced one count for failing to appear for a deposition and another for refusing to turn over documents.


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