The Justice Department is recommending a six-month jail sentence and $200,000 fine for Steve Bannon, the longtime adviser to Donald Trump who defied a subpoena to the Jan. 6 select committee.
Prosecutors said Bannon, from the moment he received the select committee subpoena on Sept. 2021, “has pursued a bad-faith strategy of defiance and contempt.”
A jury found Bannon guilty in July on two misdemeanor counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to testify and provide documents to the select committee. Bannon is due to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols on Friday.
The panel had demanded testimony from Bannon about his efforts to help Trump subvert the 2020 election and his knowledge of efforts to pressure members of Congress to challenge the results. Bannon was also part of a team of Trump allies who gathered at the Willard Hotel on Jan. 6 and helped direct Trump’s last-ditch strategy to disrupt the transfer of power. [Continue reading…]