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Steve Bannon’s new request amid looming prison sentence



Steve Bannon’s new request amid looming prison sentence

Former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon asked an appeals court in Washington, D.C., to let him stay out of prison while he further appeals his contempt of Congress conviction.

Bannon was ordered by a federal judge this month to self-surrender to prison on July 1 to begin serving his four-month sentence, which stems from his 2022 conviction on two counts of contempt of Congress for evading a subpoena to testify before the January 6 House Select Committee investigating the 2021 siege on the U.S. Capitol.

The former Trump official was previously granted a stay on his sentencing by U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols while he appealed the verdict. After a three-judge panel at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld Bannon’s conviction last month, however, federal prosecutors argued there was “no legal basis” to continue delaying his four-month sentence. Nichols sided with the federal government in an order on June 6.

Steve Bannon, ex-adviser to former President Donald Trump, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 24 in National Harbor, Maryland. Bannon on Tuesday filed an emergency appeal in Washington, D.C., requesting another stay…

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In his emergency appeal order on Tuesday, Bannon’s defense team urged the same D.C. appeals court to delay his sentencing again, “pending conclusion of his appeals, including to the Supreme Court.” Bannon also asked that the court respond to his request by June 18, to “allow sufficient time to seek further relief from the Supreme Court if necessary.”

“There is also no denying the political realities here,” Bannon’s attorneys wrote in the petition, which was obtained by Newsweek. “Mr. Bannon is a high-profile political commentator and campaign strategist. He was prosecuted by an administration whose policies are a frequent target of Mr. Bannon’s public statements.”


“The government seeks to imprison Mr. Bannon for the four-month period leading up to the November election, when millions of Americans look to him for information on important campaign issues,” the filing added, referring to Bannon’s War Room podcast. “This would also effectively bar Mr. Bannon from serving as a meaningful advisor in the ongoing national campaign.”

Newsweek on Wednesday reached out to the Department of Justice via email for comment on Bannon’s emergency petition.

Former President Donald Trump, who late last month made history as the first former U.S. president to be criminally convicted, raged over social media after Bannon was order to self-surrender next month. He also demanded that criminal charges be brought against the lawmakers who formed the January 6 House Select Committee, which at the end of its investigation recommended to the Justice Department that Trump should face criminal charges over his activities surrounding the attack on the Capitol.

“It is a Total and Complete American Tragedy that the Crooked Joe Biden Department of Injustice is so desperate to jail Steve Bannon, and every other Republican, for that matter, for not SUBMITTING to the Unselect Committee of Political Thugs, made up of all Democrats, and two CRAZED FORMER REPUBLICAN LUNATICS, Cryin’ Adam Kinzinger, and Liz ‘Out of Her Mind’ Cheney,” a post by Trump to Truth Social read in part last week.