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Jan 6: DOJ Wants Bannon to Serve 6 Months In Prison

    Jan 6: DOJ Wants Bannon to Serve 6 Months In Prison
    Updated Oct 19, 2022
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    Facts

    • On Monday, the US Dept. of Justice (DOJ) recommended that Steve Bannon should serve six months in prison and pay a $200K fine for defying a congressional subpoena.[1]
    • In a sentencing memorandum filed before US District Judge Carl Nichols for having pursued a "bad-faith strategy of defiance and contempt," Barron's attorney asked the judge to release the ex-Trump aide on probation while his guilty verdict is appealed.[2]
    • Bannon was found guilty in July of two counts of contempt of Congress for not sitting for a deposition and not providing documents to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.[3]
    • The DOJ argued that Bannon should get the maximum prison sentence of six months because "a person could have shown no greater contempt" than Bannon has, noting the "seriousness" of failing to help the investigation of the Capitol riots.[4]
    • Former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro was also charged by the DOJ with contempt of Congress earlier this year. Sentencing for Bannon is scheduled for Friday.[5]

    Spin

    Democratic narrative

    Bannon's latest troubles only show that the walls are closing in on Trump and his allies. Although the wheels of justice turn slowly, they are still turning — the GOP should move away from the MAGA movement as quickly as possible if they have any sense.

    Republican narrative

    Despite charges against him, Bannon's strategy of encouraging MAGA supporters to regain control of the GOP from the bottom up could have massive electoral implications for years to come. Undeserved prison time may only bolster Bannon's support with his fanbase, and his influence seemingly will not die anytime soon.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 90% chance that a member of Trump's inner circle will be sentenced to jail by 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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