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Justice Department recommends six months in prison for Bannon

The department also recommends $200K fine for Steve Bannon

Published: October 17, 2022 9:55am

Updated: October 17, 2022 2:16pm

The Justice Department is reportedly recommending six months in prison and a $200K fine for Steve Bannon for two counts on criminal contempt of Congress.

According to a new court filing, the department asked a federal judge to sentence the former Trump adviser to at least six months in jail and to pay a $200K fine, according to an ABC report

Bannon is set to be sentenced on Friday in a D.C. Courthouse by Judge Carl Nichols.

"From the moment that the Defendant, Stephen K. Bannon, accepted service of a subpoena from the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, he has pursued a bad-faith strategy of defiance and contempt," prosecutors said in a statement Monday, according to ABC.

"The Committee sought documents and testimony from the Defendant relevant to a matter of national importance: the circumstances that led to a violent attack on the Capitol and disruption of the peaceful transfer of power. In response, the Defendant flouted the Committee's authority and ignored the subpoena's demands," the statement continued.

According to a statement from Bannon, he and his legal team are planning to keep fighting and not back off.

"I only have one disappointment, and that is the gutless members of that show-trial committee, that [Jan. 6] committee, didn't have the guts to come down here and testify," Bannon said, according to ABC. 

"We may have lost a battle here today, but we're not going to lose this war," he continued. "[The jury] came to their conclusion about what was put on in the in that courtroom. But listen, in the closing argument, the prosecutor missed one very important phrase, right? 'I stand with Trump and the Constitution, and I will never back off that, ever.'"

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