Oh, how convenient: On the day that Donald Trump is formally subpoenaed by the January 6th select committee, his former advisor Steve Bannon receives his sentence for the contempt of Congress charge he picked up some weeks back.
There aren’t many coincidences when it comes to American politics, so it’s hard to take the timing here to be accidental. Trump has a decision to make, and the jail time that Bannon has now received will surely be weighing on the decisions that Trump makes going forward.
And Bannon’s imprisonment won’t be insignificant.
Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, was sentenced Friday to serve four months behind bars after defying a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols allowed Bannon to stay free pending appeal, a potentially lengthy process, and also imposed a fine of $6,500 as part of the sentence. Bannon was convicted in July of two counts of contempt of Congress: one for refusing to sit for a deposition and the other for refusing to provide documents.Trending:
Nichols handed down the sentence after saying the law was clear that contempt of Congress is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of at least one month behind bars. Bannon’s lawyers had argued the judge could’ve sentenced him to probation instead. Prosecutors had asked for Bannon to be sent to jail for six months.
And, in a nod to future cases of this sort…
“In my view, Mr. Bannon has not taken responsibility for his actions,” Nichols said before he imposed the sentence. “Others must be deterred from committing similar crimes.”
Donald Trump released an open letter shortly after the committee voted to subpoena him, (but before the aforementioned official subpoena), in which he harbored serious criticism of the committee’s work. The former President did not indicate in that letter what his potential response to a real subpoena would be.