Steve Bannon sentenced to 4 months in prison for Contempt of Congress


Steve Bannon (image from wikimedia commons.)

As stated by the Cornell Law School website, “Contempt of Congress is when an individual intentionally interferes with Congressional action.” Former White House advisor, Steve Bannon now faces sentencing for contempt of congress.

Bannon refused to speak to congress during the ongoing investigation into the January 6th riots. Bannon was called to testify due to his closeness to former President Trump. 

Federal prosecutors say his defensiveness of the riots and unwillingness to testify, “exacerbated the assault on the Capitol.”

Bannon hosts the WAR ROOM, a controversial podcast series touching on topics such as the capitol riots, the pandemic, and racial conflict. He has a large following on the far right, followers who oppose his sentencing. 

Bannon speaking to his followers said, “They are coming after all of us”

“It’s not going to happen like you think it’s going to happen, OK?” said Bannon, continuing on to say, “All I can say is, strap in. All hell is going to break loose tomorrow.”

Prosecutors have capitalized on how Bannon, “expressed no remorse,” regarding his actions as they try to control public opinion. 

Even though the DOJ was trying for a 6-month conviction, as of the 21st of October, Bannon has been sentenced to 4 months in prison for contempt of congress. He will also be required to pay a $6,500 fine.

Notably, the Trump-appointed District Court Judge Carl Nichols said, “Flaunting a Congressional subpoena betrays a lack of respect for the legislative branch which represents the will of the people of the United States,”

“We might be in a different circumstance had the defendant fulfilled his minimal obligation,” said Prosecutor J.P. Cooney.