Steve Bannon requested probation or home confinement from his judge rather than serving a six-month prison sentence after being found guilty of contempt of Congress for evading a subpoena.
Bannon is currently asking for a delay of any potential punishment in order to file an appeal. Bannon was accused of ignoring requests to appear before the US House committee looking into the circumstances surrounding the events on January 6, 2021 in the US Capitol.
He was one of the first witnesses questioned by the dishonest House Committee, and in July of 2021, after being warned he would go to jail, Congress voted to charge Bannon in contempt.
His continued illegal possession of documents, according to the prosecution, and his “bad-faith strategy of defiance and disdain,” they write. President Trump was summoned by the same dishonest Committee last week, demonstrating their status as a political witch hunt.
After prosecutors requested a six-month sentence and accused him of acting in “bad faith,” Bannon’s attorneys are requesting that their client avoid prison altogether.
“In a 19-page memo in response to a blistering government filing, Bannon’s team argues that their client should receive only probation after being found guilty of two counts of contempt of Congress. They argue that the judge overseeing sentencing should look for ‘something more’ than simple contrition,” the Daily Mail is reporting, adding:
‘Should a person who has spent a lifetime listening to experts – as a naval officer, investment banker, corporate executive, and Presidential advisor – be jailed for relying on the advice of his lawyers?’ they ask.
‘Should a person be jailed where the prosecutor declined to prosecute others who were similarly situated – with the only difference being that this person uses their voice to express strongly held political views?’ his lawyer, Evan Corcoran and David Schoen ask.
People online responded favorably to Bannon after reading Schoen’s remarks:
The rogue @DOJ wants my friend Steve Bannon to be thrown in prison for 6 months.
When Democrats Eric Holder and Lois Lerner defied congressional subpoenas, @DOJ did nothing.
The @DOJ has become politicized and is no longer serving justice in good faith.
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) October 17, 2022
BREAKING: Regime Wants to Silence Bannon Before Midterms, Garland Files 6 Month Sentencing
To take place THIS FRIDAY
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) October 18, 2022
Corrupt DOJ is trying to fine Steve Bannon $200,000 and throw him in prison. We aren’t a serious country with these people having any kind of power. https://t.co/2ocEKZil6o
— Hodgetwins (@hodgetwins) October 17, 2022
The outlet continued:
They say a sentence of probation is warranted for the former chief White House strategist, and also ask the sentencing judge to issue a stay of any sentence to allow for an appeal.
Bannon faces sentencing Friday, following his trial for contempt of Congress, after he failed to appear before the panel probing the Capitol riot and the events of Jan. 6th.
In the alternative, Bannon asked that he be allowed to serve any sentence in home confinement.
He has a Capitol Hill row house that he also uses to film his daily War Room Pandemic podcast, which is where he is expected to serve any home confinement.
Bannon’s team revisits the argument from his trial that the longtime Trump advisor was listening to his lawyer, Robert Costello, when he received a subpoena in September 2021. Costello pointed to statements being made by Trump’s lawyers that the president was claiming executive privilege over advice he received as president.
‘Upon receiving this letter from President Trump’s counsel, Mr. Costello advised Mr. Bannon that because executive privilege belongs to the President, Mr. Bannon did not have the ability to waive executive privilege, or to decide for himself which documents or communications were covered by President Trump’s privilege assertion,’ according to his filing.
Prosecutors are asking that Bannon spend six months behind bars for refusing to testify before the House January 6 committee.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
The government filed a 24-page sentencing memo Monday in which it accused Bannon of ‘flouting’ the law and holding on to essential documents. The memo notes that the request for six months in prison is at the ‘top end’ of sentencing guidelines for the offense… CONTINUE READING…