Steve Bannon ordered to prison…conviction for defying J6 comm

Source: Politico | June 6, 2024 | Kyle Cheney and Josh Gerstein

Steve Bannon ordered to prison while he challenges his conviction for defying Jan. 6 committee

U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols, a Trump appointee, had previously paused Bannon’s four-month sentence while he appealed his conviction.

A federal judge has ordered Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, to report to prison by July 1 for his conviction for defying a subpoena from the Jan. 6 committee.

U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols, a Trump appointee, previously paused Bannon’s four-month sentence while he appealed his conviction. But on Thursday, Nichols ruled that the original reasons for the postponement no longer apply because a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled strongly and unanimously last month against Bannon’s position.

Bannon intends to continue appealing the case to the full bench of the D.C. Circuit and the Supreme Court. But unless one of those courts steps in to block Nichols’ decision, Bannon is unlikely to be able to stave off prison in the meantime.

Bannon was convicted in July 2022 of two misdemeanor counts of contempt of Congress for stonewalling a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

“I do not believe that the original basis for my stay of Mr. Bannon’s sentence exists anymore,” Nichols said from the bench of the federal district courthouse in Washington, D.C.

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