Democrats Want Trump Ally Imprisoned
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is asking that former White House strategist Stephen Bannon face six months in jail and pay a $200,000 fine for refusing to comply with the subpoena issued by the Special House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack.
Bannon, in a filing, argued that he should not be required to go to jail for following the advice given to him by his lawyers. Instead, he asked that the judge impose probation.
Bannon was one of the initial four people to have been subpoenaed by the committee. The recommendations came after Friday’s sentencing hearing. Bannon has also previously claimed that executive privilege blocked him from testifying regarding any actions he took.
The proposed $200,000 fine is the maximum that can be imposed for two counts of contempt of Congress. In the case of Bannon, the first count would be refusing to testify, and the second one failing to supply the documents requested in the deposition.
The DOJ also commented on Bannon’s refusal to cooperate in the review of his finances, which are often reviewed to determine the fines someone would be required to pay.
Bannon’s subpoena came in September of 2021. The full House had voted for him to be held in contempt a month later.
The subpoena also mentioned that Bannon had been in Trump’s “war room,” and that he had been privy to discussions about overturning the election results. They also ask that he comment on his podcast episode on Jan. 5, 2021, where he stated “all hell is going to break loose tomorrow.”
Bannon is only one of the two former White House officials whom the DOJ has accepted the criminal contempt referral sent from Congress.
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