Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon found in contempt of Congress

Steve Bannon, former adviser to Trump, guilty of contempt of Congress

Steve Bannon could face up to two years in prison, after his guilty verdict for contempt of Congress.

Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former US President Donald Trump, was found in contempt of the United States Congress on Friday after refusing to respond to a subpoena in connection with the inquiry into the assault on the Capitol, January 6, 2021.

The verdict came after a trial that lasted approximately five days in Federal Court, which revolved around two charges: refusing to appear to give evidence and refusing to produce documents under a request from the inquiry committee.

Mr. Bannon, 68, faces up to two years in prison. Each charge comes with a minimum sentence of 30 days behind bars. He will also have to pay a fine ranging from $100 to $100,000.

His sentence will be pronounced on October 21.

The Inquiry Committee wanted to hear from the former adviser about his involvement in Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the election result of the 2020 presidential ballot. Mr Bannon had initially argued that his testimony was protected by the president's executive privilege.

But the House of Representatives committee and the Department of Justice argue that this assertion did not hold water, since Mr. Trump had fired Mr. Bannon in 2017, and that he was therefore a private citizen when; he was advising the ex-president in the days leading up to the January 6 uprising.

The Investigating Committee issued a summons to Steve Bannon dated of September 23, last year, ordering him to provide the requested documents by October 7, and to appear by the 14th of the same month. Mr. Bannon was arraigned in contempt in November, a month after the House committee transferred the case to the Justice Department.

But those dates don&#x27 were only temporary while lawyers on both sides negotiated, said Evan Corcoran, Mr. Bannon's attorney. The committee made a hasty judgment because it wanted to make an example of Steve Bannon, again according to Corcoran, who denounced political prosecutions.

At the x27;opening of the proceedings on Tuesday, prosecutor Amanda Vaughn had accused Mr. Bannon of believing himself above the law.

With information from Associated Press, and Agence France-Presse

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