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The Justice Department is asking a federal judge to allow former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s prison sentence to begin

By Vaseline May30,2024
The Justice Department is asking a federal judge to allow former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s prison sentence to begin

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon would begin serving a four-month prison sentence after a federal appeals court upheld his conviction for contempt of Congress, the Justice Department told a federal judge on Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols, who presided over Bannon’s trial, had suspended Bannon’s sentence while an appeal of his conviction was pending. He gave Bannon until Monday to respond to the DOJ’s request, extending an earlier deadline following a motion to delay from the defense team.

Bannon was found guilty by a federal jury in July 2022 of two charges of contempt of Congress for defying a Jan. 6 subpoena from the House Select Committee in its investigation of the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol .

The Justice Department said in its court filings that a person found guilty must report for his or her prison sentence unless the suspect can demonstrate that “the appeal is not intended to delay and raises a substantial question of law or fact that is likely will result in reversal.”

“The D.C. Circuit dismissed defendant’s appeal on all grounds, including the principal argument on appeal: the requisite mental status required for congressional contempt of court,” the Justice Department wrote.

The appeals court’s unanimous decision was a victory for Congress, potentially paving the way for how others will be held accountable for defying a congressional subpoena.

It is still unclear when Bannon will have to report to prison.

This story has been updated with additional developments.

CNN’s Holmes Lybrand contributed to this report.

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