Another Top Trump Adviser Goes To Prison

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( – Steve Bannon began serving a four-month prison sentence on Monday, following his conviction for contempt of Congress charges.

The Bureau of Prisons confirmed Bannon’s incarceration as he entered a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut. Before his incarceration, Bannon declared himself a “political prisoner” during a press conference.

His imprisonment comes after the Supreme Court declined his emergency appeal last week, which sought to postpone his sentence. This upheld the stipulated deadline for Bannon, who previously advised former President Trump, to surrender to authorities.

In 2022, Bannon was found guilty on two counts of contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena issued by the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot. A federal judge initially allowed him to delay starting his sentence as he pursued an appeal.

This May, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed his conviction. Judge Brad Garcia, writing on behalf of the three-judge panel, stated that a witness could not use the defense that they were capable of compliance but chose not to.

Bannon is the second former aide from the Trump White House to be imprisoned over defying a subpoena from the House January 6 committee. Earlier, Peter Navarro, a former Trump trade adviser, started his four-month sentence in March after his own Supreme Court appeal was unsuccessful.

While Bannon begins his term, his appeal process is ongoing, though it is expected that a decision may not be reached until after his release.

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