BREAKING: DC appeals court upholds Steve Bannon’s contempt of Congress conviction

May 10, 2024 | Political News

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld former Trump advisor Steve Bannon’s conviction for contempt of Congress. 

Judge Brad Garcia wrote for a three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, “It is undisputed that the first time Bannon raised these arguments was in district court, long after his deadline for responding to the subpoena had passed,” according to The Hill

“A witness cannot defend against a contempt of Congress charge based on an affirmative defense that they were able, but failed, to raise at the time they were ordered to produce documents or appear.” 

Bannon was convicted of two counts of contempt of Congress in 2022 and sentenced to four months in prison for not complying with a subpoena from the January 6 House Select Committee. 

According to NBC News, Bannon could still ask the full bench of the D.C. Circuit to hear his case or petition the Supreme Court for a review. 

The DC Circuit Court order states that the judge’s mandate would not take effect until seven days after further appeal attempts have been resolved. 

This comes as fellow former Trump advisor Peter Navarro is serving a four-month sentence in a Miami prison for not complying with a congressional subpoena, also from the January 6 Select Committee. 

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