Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon was found guilty by a DC court of contempt of Congress after defying a subpoena from the House’s January 6 committee.
Bannon had pleaded not guilty to the charges. He faces a minimum sentence of 30 days in jail. Sentencing will take place on October 21.
The committee had wanted documents from Bannon because he had been in contact with Trump while the events on the Capitol took place on that day.
Bannon had argued that the documents requested by the committee were under protection under former President Trump’s claims of executive privilege, as they were the subject of a pending court battle.
The prosecution argued succesfully that Bannon ignored the requests for the documents, while his legal team said that Bannon did not ignore the subpoena and was in communication with the committee on why there would be delays in handing over the evidence.
Bannon has been vocal in his opposition to the trial and the January 6 committee’s chair, Bennie Thompson, calling him “gutless” for sending a staff member to testify as the prosecution’s first witness. He made his comments on Tuesday while speaking to reporters outside of the courthouse, where he slammed Thompson as an “absolute disgrace.”
Bannon’s conviction sets new precedent for the House January 6 Committee’s congressional power to subpoena documents.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
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