Justice Dept. wants Bannon to serve 6 months in jail after Contempt of Congress conviction
Bannon originally argued that their subpoena would have resulted in his violating executive privilege
October 17, 2022 9:25am
Updated: October 17, 2022 9:27am
The Justice Dept. filed a recommendation Monday in U.S. District Court asking the federal judge presiding over former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s contempt case for a six month jail sentence and $200,000 fine.
The prosecutorial allocution stems from Bannon’s conviction for two counts of Contempt of Congress after prosecutors argued he defied a Congressional subpoena from the January 6 Select Committee.
Bannon originally argued that their subpoena would have resulted in his violating executive privilege.
“For his sustained, bad-faith contempt of Congress, the Defendant should be sentenced to six months imprisonment, – the top end of the Sentencing Guidelines’ range and fined $200,000 – based on his insistence on paying the maximum find rather than cooperate with the Probation Office’s routine pre-sentencing financial investigation,’ prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s office wrote.
Prosecutors said Bannon did not comply with the probation office during their pre-sentencing investigation and said the former Trump adviser “freely answered questions about his family, professional life, personal background, and health. But the defendant refused to disclose his financial records, instead insisting that he is willing and able to pay any fine imposed, including the maximum fine on each count of conviction.”