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Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon found in contempt of Congress

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The verdict came after a trial that lasted about five days in Federal Court, which revolved around two charges: refusing to appear to give a statement and refusing to present documents pursuant to a request of the committee. of investigation.

Mr Bannon, 68, faces up to two years in prison. Each charge comes with a minimum sentence of 30 days behind bars. He will also have to pay a fine ranging from $100 to $100,000.

His sentence will be pronounced on October 21.

The Inquiry Committee wanted to hear from the former adviser about his involvement in Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the election result of the 2020 presidential ballot. Mr Bannon initially argued that his testimony was protected by executive privilege Of the president.

But the House of Representatives committee and the Justice Department argue that this claim did not hold water, since Mr. Trump had fired Mr. Bannon in 2017, and that he was therefore a private citizen when he advised the ex-president in the days leading up to the January 6 uprising.

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The investigation committee sent a summons to Steve Bannon dated September 23, last year, summoning him to provide the requested documents by October 7, and to appear by the 14th of the same month. Mr. Bannon was impeached for contempt in November, a month after the House committee transferred the case to the Justice Department.

But those dates were only temporary, while lawyers on both sides negotiated, said Evan Corcoran, Mr. Bannon’s lawyer. The committee made a hasty judgment because he wanted make an example of Steve Bannonagain according to Mr. Corcoran, who denounced political prosecution.

At the opening of the proceedings on Tuesday, prosecutor Amanda Vaughn had accused Mr. Bannon of believing himself above the law.

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