Bannon sentenced to four months


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On October 21, 2022, former Trump advisor Steve Bannon, 68, was sentenced to 4 months of incarceration and a $6,500 fine for two contempt of Congress charges. 

Bannon was issued a subpoena from the House committee investigating the January 6th insurrection because the Select Committee said it had reason to believe that Bannon possessed information critical to the investigation. 

During the 2016 election, Bannon was the chief executive officer of Trump’s campaign, after Trump’s inauguration, Bannon was appointed to the position of chief strategist and a senior counselor to the president.

Bannon continuously supported Trump and his decisions and played a part in the development of multiple policies including executive order 13769 otherwise labeled as “the Muslim ban”. 

The January 6th committee demanded that Bannon appear for a deposition with investigators and provide documents regarding the attack on the capitol. Bannon refused to comply with both demands.

The January 6th committee was formed in order to investigate the causes and outcomes of the attack on the Capitol. When asked about the committee Mrs. Carolyne Dymond, an English teacher at NHS, said, “I think they are making a strong statement about what we cannot do when we are unhappy with the results of an election, as a voter or as a politician. We must accept the outcome of a vote. Losing politicians need to move on and not rile their base or their advisors into acts of violence.”

According to the United States Department of Justice the subpoena initially issued on September 23rd, 2021 required that Bannon appear and provide documents related to the incident on October 7th, 2021 and that he appear for a deposition with the Select Committee on October 14th, 2021. He refused to appear for the deposition and to provide documents as the subpoena demanded. 

Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 12th, 2021 and was found guilty for both charges on July 22nd, 2022 leading to his sentencing Friday last week. 

On the Monday prior to his sentencing, the Justice Department asked Judge Carl Nichols, 52, to sentence Bannon to 6 months in prison and a fine of $200,000. 

Bannon is not required to serve his prison sentence as of right now, Bannon and his legal team are in the process of trying to appeal the sentence, he will not have to serve his sentence until this process is complete.