A federal jury found former Trump adviser Steve Bannon guilty on two counts of contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack.
At question was whether Bannon refused to show up to give testimony to the House select committee, and whether he refused to provide documents requested. The answer to both questions was ‘yes.’
The charges call for a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 30 with a possible maximum of 1 year behind bars.
Breaking News: Steve Bannon, a former top Trump adviser, was convicted of two counts of contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the Jan. 6 panel. The jury deliberated for less than three hours. https://t.co/4Gbl8S4ith
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 22, 2022
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Mr. Bannon, who left the White House in 2017, was indicted last November. Contempt of Congress is a misdemeanor crime, with each count punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and a maximum of 12 months in prison.
At the time, the filing of charges against him was widely seen as a litmus test for whether the Justice Department would take an aggressive stance against any of Mr. Trump’s top allies as the House seeks to develop a fuller picture of the actions of the former president and his inner circle before and during the attack.
Despite the legal wranglings that preceded his trial, Mr. Bannon’s guilt or innocence ultimately turned on a straightforward question: whether he had defied the House committee by flouting its subpoena.
Bannon’s team presented no defense against the charges, and Bannon chose not to testify in his own behalf.
He will no doubt appeal the verdict which the jury spent less than 3 hours deliberating.
STEVE BANNON FUCKED AROUND AND STEVE BANNON FOUND OUT
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) July 22, 2022
The Jury in the Steve Bannon case reached a verdict faster than Josh Hawley ran away from the Trump mob.
— I Smoked Steve Bannon And All 3 Of His Shirts (@BlackKnight10k) July 22, 2022