Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon will be sentenced on Friday in the matter of his July 22 conviction for contempt of Congress.
CNN is reporting Monday that the Department of Justice filed a 24-page sentencing memorandum in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Prosecutors are seeking 6 months and a $200,000 fine.
Prosecutors want Steve Bannon to be sentenced to six months imprisonment, “the most severe Guidelines-complaint punishment available,” for contempt of Congress.
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) October 17, 2022
The conservative firebrand was convicted for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the House select committee on the Jan 6 riot on Capitol Hill. He faces a minimum sentence of 60 days in prison or up to 2 years. The maximum fine for the offense is $2,000. It’s puzzling, then, that the DOJ seeks 100 times that amount. We are to understand that it is based on his preference for paying the maximum fine rather than cooperating with the Probation Office’s pre-sentencing financial investigation.
Prosecutors called Bannon’s refusal to comply with a subpoena from the Jan. 6 committee a “sustained, bad-faith contempt of Congress.”
As opposed to a brief, good-faith contempt of Congress. These people love to add unnecessary words to things to make their enemies seem worse. Like “Ultra MAGA”.
The former executive chairman of Breitbart is said to have “flouted the Committee’s authority and ignored the subpoena’s demands.”
The filing further attempted to substantiate prosecutors’ concerns, saying that “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 is not clear from that statement how it is possible to exacerbate an assault on a date long after the assault occurred. Nor is it clear in any way that the DOJ is interested in the rule of law as much as it is interested in politics.
Did they lack concern for the rule of law in 2014 when the Obama Administration flouted congressional subpoenas when it had a GOP majority? Based on their inaction in that case, it would appear so.
After he was convicted, Bannon made a principled stand, telling Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, “If I go to jail, so be it.”
“I will never back off,” he continued. “I support Trump and the Constitution, and I’m not backing off one inch. If I go to jail, so be it.”
Another former Trump aide, 72-year-old Peter Navarro, was indicted in June for ignoring the J6 committee’s subpoena.
Navarro pled not guilty and accused federal law enforcement of “prosecutorial misconduct,” saying that he wasn’t allowed to make a phone call and that he was isolated in a jail cell. A spokesperson for Navarro said that he turned down a plea offer that would have required him to plead guilty. His trial date is set for Nov 17.
Democrats are excited to see Bannon imprisoned.
This is a reminder that Steve Bannon’s sentencing is coming up Friday, Oct 21. At long last, a cell door will open, a MAGA criminal will enter, and the cell door will close. His voice will not be heard on his podcast. And nobody will hear his bloviations except his cellmate Bubba
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) October 16, 2022
Happy Steve Bannon Sentencing Day to all who celebrate. Here’s hoping for the max!
— Cindy (@cincity631) October 17, 2022
Steve Bannon sentencing Friday, October 21, 2022 at 9:00 AM. https://t.co/t07WMgZ4np
— Fuck Putin (@FuckTrump61) October 10, 2022
Folks, Steve Bannon’s sentencing is coming up October 21st. It’s just the beginning of the Donald crime guys paying for their evil deeds, and I’m here for it. Jail all the son of a bitches! 👠
— Steph59Renee – Bastard Republicans! (@AngelRe96386095) October 11, 2022
Do these people have lives? Debatable.
The Biden Gestapo seems to want to dehumanize every Trump ally it can find.
Coming soon to a courtroom near you:
-Sidney Powell= Oct 17 TX Law license hearing
-E Jean Carroll= Oct 19th Trump Deposition
-Steve Bannon= Oct 21st 9am Sentencing
-Weiselberg= Oct 24th Trump Org criminal trial
-Giuliani = Oct. 24 D.C. law license hearing
— arisparker (@arisparker_5) October 14, 2022
Navarro said that they not only put handcuffs on him but also leg irons. Maybe they aspire to be more like the medical community in its treatment of unvaccinated COVID patients who were allegedly zip-tied to hospital beds and denied food and water until they died. That may not have been officially established, but anecdotes of such treatment are exceedingly numerous.
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