Former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon was sentenced to four months and a $6,500 fine on Friday after being found guilty of acting in defiance of Congress in a legal saga that began more than a year ago. one year.
Prosecutors had asked federal court in Washington, DC, to send Bannon to jail for six months and fine him $200,000.
Trump-appointed U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols noted Bannon’s lack of remorse before issuing his ruling, according to NBC News. Nichols reportedly told the court that others needed to be deterred from similarly flouting the authority of Congress.
The sentence will, however, be suspended to allow Bannon’s team to appeal.
Outside the courthouse, Bannon denounced the “illegitimate regime” of President Joe Biden.
“Their judgment is November 8, when the Biden administration ends,” he said. told reporters gathered outside the building, which does not allow cameras inside.
Bannon declined to make a statement in court on his own behalf.
He had been called upon to deliver communications and other documents to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack and to appear before the panel for deposition. He refused, and the House voted to hold him in contempt of Congress late last year.
In July, a federal jury found him guilty of two counts of contempt, one for the documents and the other for the testimony.
While Bannon’s tenure as Trump’s official adviser was short-lived – he lasted less than a year in the White House in 2017 – he spoke with Trump as the president clung to power after losing the 2020 elections.
Bannon was among the first subpoenas issued by the Jan. 6 committee, Sept. 23, 2021. He argued he couldn’t cooperate because Trump was trying to use executive authority to protect the documents, even though he is no longer in office and the current administration has refused to invoke executive authority on Trump’s behalf.
The committee has now spoken to over 1,000 witnesses.
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