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Steve Bannon’s Contempt Of Congress Conviction Upheld By Appeals Court

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The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has affirmed Steve Bannon’s conviction on two counts of contempt of Congress, as ruled by a three-judge panel.

Bannon’s conviction stemmed from a 2022 trial, where he was found guilty and sentenced to four months in prison. However, the trial judge granted a stay on Bannon’s sentence, allowing him to remain free while awaiting appeal.

Bannon retains the option to request a hearing by the full bench of the D.C. Circuit or petition the Supreme Court for review.

The D.C. Circuit’s order stipulates that the judge’s decision will not become official until seven days after any further appeals are resolved, indicating that Bannon is not immediately obligated to report to prison.

In response, Bannon’s attorney announced plans to seek a review by the full D.C. Circuit.

“Mr. Bannon will now seek redress before the full Court of Appeals,” David I. Schoen said. “That is the next step.”

“There are many fundamentally important constitutional issues at stake in this case,” Schoen also said. “Today’s decision is wrong as a matter of law and it reflects a very dangerous view of the threshold for criminal liability for any defendant in our country and for future political abuses of the congressional hearing process.”

A former aide to ex-President Donald Trump, Bannon was convicted in July 2022 for failing to comply with subpoenas issued by the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection.

During arguments before the appeals court last autumn, Bannon’s legal team contended that he couldn’t comply with the subpoenas due to Trump’s invocation of executive privilege. In addition to the prison term, Bannon was fined $6,500.

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