Steve Bannon has appealed his contempt of Congress conviction



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Steve Bannon, a former adviser and strategist to former President Donald Trump, filed an appeal Friday in federal court challenging his conviction and sentence.

Bannon’s four-month prison sentence – for failing to turn over documents or appear before the House Select Committee investigating the matter on January 6, 2021 – will be suspended as he challenges the law surrounding his prosecution, as the judge previously said would happen. once the appeal is filed.

In July, a federal grand jury indicted Bannon on two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to subpoena the panel.. The conviction was a victory for the House committee as he intended cooperation of reluctant eyewitnesses in his historical research.

Last month, Trump appointee Carl Nichols sentenced Bannon to four months in prison, along with a $6,500 fine. The Department of Justice wanted Bannon to serve six months in prison and a $200,000 fine, while Bannon requested his release.

After Bannon was sentenced, a federal judge said the former Trump aide would not have to serve his sentence until he completes an appeal of his conviction, which Bannon had requested.

Bannon’s lawyers made it clear they planned to appeal his conviction to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

In the criminal proceedings, federal prosecutors argued that Bannon should be fined $200,000, less than the $1,000-$100,000 guideline, and two counts of unlawful contempt. Bannon’s refusal to provide details about his finances to the probation office was cited as a reason for the particularly heavy fine. Justice Department attorney JP Cooney argued that it “amplifies” his contempt for the law.

Prosecutors also said that citizens have been put at risk all the time to comply with subpoenas, but Bannon “did not face such threats” and “thumbed his nose at Congress.”

Meanwhile, Bannon’s attorney David Schoen pushed back that Bannon’s lack of remorse warranted a harsher sentence. He said Bannon stood up for American values ​​and government institutions, including the White House. Schoen also argued that Bannon was not acting above the law, but acting consistently with the law, out of concern that the documents and testimony requested by the committee were protected by Trump’s executive privilege.