It appears as though the January 6th select committee’s entrapment scheme worked.
Steve Bannon, a former adviser to Donald Trump, has become the first subpoenaed individual with executive privilege concerns to be convicted for contempt, setting up a dangerous new precedent for political malice.
Former Trump White House aide Steve Bannon was found guilty Friday of two counts of contempt of Congress after a trial in federal court in Washington, D.C.Advertisement - story continues below
Jurors deliberated for less than three hours before convicting Bannon of willfully failing to comply with subpoenas demanding his testimony and records, which were issued last September by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.
Bannon could see jail.
He faces a minimum punishment of 30 days in jail and a maximum of one year when he is sentenced on Oct. 21. He also faces a fine in the range of $100 to a maximum of $100,000.
Bannon’s noncompliance was originally due to his belief that the issue of executive privilege had not been properly settled, and he chose to to protect himself from any future trouble by simply waiting until the coast was clear.
The committee chose to charge him with contempt for his precautionary actions, setting up a litigious trap: Testify with no executive privilege safeguards, or face criminal culpability for not testifying.
The tactic has been widely criticized by those on the right, as well as by other subpoenaed individuals, such as Roger Stone.