Steve Bannon’s appeal of contempt of Congress conviction is denied by Trump White House aide

A federal appeals court upheld the criminal contempt of Congress conviction of Steve Bannon for his refusal to testify and provide documents to the House committee investigating the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. The unanimous decision by the three-judge panel on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit paves the way for Bannon to potentially serve a four-month jail sentence for his defiance.

Bannon’s argument that he acted on the advice of his attorney in not complying with the subpoena was rejected by the court. His attorney, Doug Schoen, announced plans to request a rehearing before the full judicial panel of the D.C. Circuit in an attempt to overturn the conviction.

The ruling, penned by Judge Bradley Garcia and joined by Judges Justin Walker and Cornelia Pillard, highlighted the significance of the case and the constitutional issues at stake. Despite the appeal for a rehearing, chances of success are typically slim in such situations.

Peter Navarro, another former Trump adviser, recently began serving a four-month jail term for a similar contempt of Congress charge after the Supreme Court declined to review his case. Pillard, who also sat on the panel that upheld Navarro’s conviction, was part of the decision regarding Bannon’s case as well.

In addition to his federal conviction, Bannon is facing separate charges related to alleged fraud in soliciting donations for a border wall project. He is scheduled for trial in New York City later in the year. The presiding judge in that case is overseeing the ongoing criminal trial of former President Trump.

Bannon’s conviction in federal court stemmed from his refusal to comply with the House committee’s subpoena in 2021. The appeals panel emphasized that the law clearly specifies that willful failure to respond to a congressional subpoena is a crime, regardless of any legal advice to the contrary.

Despite Bannon’s arguments, the court held firm in its interpretation of the law and affirmed his conviction. The ruling underscored the importance of upholding Congress’s investigatory authority and ensuring compliance with subpoenas issued by legislative bodies.

Going forward, Bannon’s legal team will continue to pursue all available options in challenging the conviction. The case has broad implications and raises critical questions about the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches of government.

As the legal proceedings unfold, the public will closely monitor developments in Bannon’s case and the potential impact on future congressional investigations. Stay tuned for updates as this story continues to evolve.

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