Stephen Bannon Is One Step Closer to a Possible Year in Prison

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Like many former advisers to Donald Trump, almost a dozen of whom have been charged with crimes, Stephen Bannon isn’t any stranger to authorized troubles. In August 2020, he was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit cash laundering and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, having allegedly defrauded tons of of hundreds of people that donated cash to a crowdfunding marketing campaign that raised greater than $25 million to construct the southern border wall. Luckily for Bannon, who pleaded not responsible to the rip-off, he had a pal in the White House, and on his final day in workplace, Trump pardoned him earlier than his May 24 trial date. This time round, although, the previous senior adviser, identified for each carrying an excessive number of shirts and calling for Anthony Fauci to be beheaded, he now not has pals in excessive locations and may very well be held accountable for his actions.

On Thursday, the House voted 229 to 202 to maintain Bannon in contempt of Congress, following his choice to ignore a subpoena from the committee investigating the January 6 assault on the Capitol. Like a variety of different allies, Trump instructed Bannon to defy the request, although it seems that Bannon is the one one who has chosen to stonewall the committee, claiming, through his lawyer, that he’s merely complying with Trump’s assertion of govt privilege. The drawback, although, is that each the Biden administration and Congress have stated Trump has no privilege to exert, and whereas the Trump administration may need gotten away with ignoring any and all requests from Congress again in the day, that’s not going to fly anymore. Which means there’s a very actual risk that Bannon, and whoever decides to take a web page from his playbook, might do time.

Per The Washington Post:

The matter now goes to the Justice Department, which can determine whether or not to pursue the contempt referral. Contempt of Congress is a misdemeanor prison offense that may outcome in up to one 12 months in jail and a effective of up to $100,000…. Asked at a House Judiciary Committee listening to Thursday how the Justice Department would deal with such a referral, Attorney General Merrick Garland stated it “will do what it always does in such circumstances—it will apply the facts and the law.”

Legal specialists have forged doubt on the advantage of Bannon’s protection of his defiance of the subpoena and say the previous president’s immunity from congressional subpoena extends solely to his closest White House advisers—and never to non-public residents like Bannon. Trump’s sweeping claims of govt privilege to defend his actions and his aides and allies from congressional scrutiny have additionally been questioned by constitutional specialists and legal professionals…. At her weekly information convention Thursday, [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi stated that Bannon reportedly “had specific knowledge about the events of January 6th before they occurred and had multiple roles relevant to the attack and [was] very outspoken about it.”

“The committee is seeking information from Bannon that is central to the investigative and legislative purpose to investigate the January 6 domestic terrorist attack that was intended to interfere with the peaceful constitutional transfer of power,” Pelosi stated.

Bannon is taken into account to be a key witness for the January 6 fee as a result of he reportedly had conversations with Trump in the weeks main up to the assault on the Capitol, and held conferences with allies of the then president on January 5. On his podcast that day, Bannon told listeners, “All hell is going to break loose tomorrow.”

Earlier this week, Trump sued Congress and the National Archives, in an try to block the disclosure of paperwork detailing his actions and communications surrounding the riot, along with his lawyer claiming that “in a political ploy to accommodate his partisan allies, President Biden has refused to assert executive privilege over numerous clearly privileged documents requested by the committee.” In response, committee leaders Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney dubbed Trump’s swimsuit “nothing more than an attempt to delay and obstruct our probe,” including: “It’s hard to imagine a more compelling public interest than trying to get answers about an attack on our democracy and an attempt to overturn the results of an election.”

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