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Former advisor to former President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, has been sentenced to time in prison, but there is some good news.
Bannon will be allowed to remain out of prison as he appeals the verdict, ABC News reported.
“Judge Nichols said he agreed that Bannon should not have to serve a sentence while he appeals his case, which Bannon has indicated he will do,” the report said.
“BIG WIN for Steve Bannon. ‘The judge’ feels that the case against him is bogus-and will let him REMAIN FREE during the appeal. Go Steve ! (And props to his great lawyer too, David Schoen),” Newsmax anchor Greg Kelly said.
BIG WIN for Steve Bannon. "The judge" feels that the case against him is bogus-and will let him REMAIN FREE during the appeal. Go Steve ! (And props to his great lawyer too, David Schoen) pic.twitter.com/4QjFvVavMK
— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) October 21, 2022
The former advisor got a ton of support on Twitter after the sentence.
“To the world my dad is one person, but to me he is the world. My dad has always stood with me and I will always stand with him. I repeat, I WILL ALWAYS STAND WITH STEVE BANNON!” his daughter Maureen Bannon said.
To the world my dad is one person, but to me he is the world.
My dad has always stood with me and I will always stand with him.
— Maureen Bannon (@maureen_bannon) October 21, 2022
“I stand with Steve Bannon,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said.
I stand with Steve Bannon.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) October 21, 2022
“They went after Trump. They went after Steve Bannon. But, they’re really going after YOU and our movement. We are ascendant. We will win. We will defeat this tyrannical Regime. I stand with Steve Bannon,” Benny Johnson said.
They went after Trump.
They went after Steve Bannon.
But, they’re really going after YOU and our movement.
We are ascendant. We will win. We will defeat this tyrannical Regime.
I stand with Steve Bannon.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 21, 2022
“In 2012 Eric Holder was found to be in contempt of Congress. No jail time. In 2022 Steve Bannon was found to be in contempt of Congress. Faces up to two years. What’s the difference?” Barrington Martin II said.
In 2012 Eric Holder was found to be in contempt of Congress.
No jail time.
In 2022 Steve Bannon was found to be in contempt of Congress. Faces up to two years.
What's the difference? https://t.co/danepkBOEg
— Barrington Martin II (@_BarringtonII) October 21, 2022
A federal judge has sentenced former White House adviser Steve Bannon to four months in jail for defying a subpoena from the House Democrat-led Jan. 6 Committee. The judge also ordered Bannon to pay a $6,500 fine.
“U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols, a Trump appointee, said Bannon inappropriately defied the select committee on a matter of significant national interest, and even after roadblocks to his testimony had been removed. A jury had convicted Bannon in July on two charges of contempt of Congress — one for refusing to testify to the Jan. 6 select committee, another for refusing to provide relevant documents to the panel,” Politico reported.
“Nichols opted to allow Bannon to stay out of jail pending appeal, which could push the issue well into next year. The select committee subpoenaed Bannon in September 2021 as it sought testimony from close Trump aides involved in efforts to help him subvert the 2020 election. Prosecutors charged him in November 2021, three weeks after the House voted to hold him in contempt,” the outlet added.
“I want to thank all you guys for coming,” Bannon said entering the courthouse Friday. “Remember this illegitimate regime, their judgment day is on eight November when the Biden administration ends. I want to thank you all for coming.”
He added, “And remember, take down the CCP. Thank you.”
Last week, the Department of Justice made its recommendation for prison time in Bannon’s ongoing case and asked for six months behind bars, CNN reported.
“For his sustained, bad-faith contempt of Congress, the Defendant should be sentenced to six months’ imprisonment – the top end of the Sentencing Guidelines’ range – and fined $200,000 – based on his insistence on paying the maximum fine rather than cooperate with the Probation Office’s routine pre-sentencing financial investigation,” the department said in a court filing on Monday.
The Department of Justice said that Bannon “freely answered questions about his family, professional life, personal background, and health. But the Defendant refused to disclose his financial records, instead insisting that he is willing and able to pay any fine imposed, including the maximum fine on each count of conviction.”
“The rioters who overran the Capitol on January 6 did not just attack a building – they assaulted the rule of law upon which this country was built and through which it endures. By flouting the Select Committee’s subpoena and its authority, the Defendant exacerbated that assault,” it said.
In July, attorney and former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz argued that former advisor to former President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, did not get a fair trial and that his conviction was likely to be negated.
The attorney said that Bannon was never going to get a fair trial in Washington D.C. because of the demographics of the city.