Jan 6: Bannon Sentenced to Four Months in Prison

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The Facts

  • Washington, DC federal Judge Carl Nichols on Friday sentenced former Trump adviser Steve Bannon to four months in prison following his conviction of contempt of Congress after refusing to testify before the House Jan. 6 Committee.

  • Referring to Bannon's claim of immunity due to working for then-Pres. Trump, Judge Nichols said, "Some of the information sought by the subpoena is information under which no conceivable claim of executive privilege could’ve been made."

The Spin

Democratic narrative

Bannon's claim of executive privilege was baseless from the start, as he wasn't even working at the White House leading up to or during Jan. 6. As a private citizen, he worked to push the stolen election lie and, as Judge Nichols said, he continued to ignore the committee even after Trump withdrew his claim of privilege.

Pro-Trump narrative

This trial, reminiscent of AG Eric Holder's contempt charge a decade ago, is nothing more than a political stunt and abuse of power. The only difference today is that back when Democrat Holder was accused of contempt of congress, he was never sentenced to prison. The Biden admin. is prosecuting its rivals at every opportunity — no matter how weak their case — but with November fast approaching, it will soon reap what it sows.

Nerd narrative

There's a 50% chance that 19 or more people will be charged by the US DOJ with seditious conspiracy in connection with the Jan. 6 Capital riots, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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