Steve Bannon to receive sentence for contempt of Congress
Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon is scheduled to appear in federal court on Friday to receive his sentence after being convicted of contempt of Congress for failing to appear before the House Jan. 6 Committee.
Federal prosecutors have asked U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols to throw Mr. Bannon behind bars for six months and impose a $200,000 fine for the misdemeanor offense, a penalty at the high end of sentencing guidelines.
In a court filing earlier this week, the Justice Department argued that the “severe” sentence was warranted because Mr. Bannon followed a “bad faith strategy of defiance and contempt.”
The filing cites several statements Mr. Bannon made about the justice system and the lawmakers on the House panel.
“Through his public platforms, the defendant has used hyperbolic and sometimes violent rhetoric to disparage the Committee’s investigation, personally attack the Committee’s members, and ridicule the criminal justice system,” the Justice Department said.
The House panel sought testimony from Mr. Bannon about his efforts to help overturn the 2020 election.
Mr. Bannon predicted on his podcast on the day before the Capitol riot that “all hell is going to break loose tomorrow.”
Mr. Bannon, who hosts the news and
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