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Live Updates: Steve Bannon Sentenced to Four Months in Jail


Federal prosecutors wanted Steve Bannon sentenced to six months in prison for contempt of Congress, according to a recommendation filed Monday. In addition to serving a sentence, the government was asking for $200,000 in fines.

However, Judge Carl Nichols – a Trump appointee – sentenced Bannon on Friday to four months in jail and fined $6,500. The federal judge said Bannon will not have to serve his sentence until his conviction appeal is heard, which Bannon had requested.

In their court filing earlier this week, federal prosecutors outlined their rationale for a harsher sentence:

“For his sustained and bad faith disregard of Congress, the defendant should be sentenced to six months in prison – the high end of the sentencing guidelines range – and fined $200,000 – in because of his insistence on paying the maximum fine rather than cooperating with the Probation Office’s routine pre-sentencing financial investigation,” federal prosecutors wrote in their court filing.

They said he did not fully comply with the probation office in their pre-sentence investigation, writing that Bannon “freely answered questions about his family, work life, personal background and health. But the Defendant has refused to disclose his financial records, instead insisting that he is willing and able to pay any fine imposed, including the maximum fine for each count of conviction.

Prosecutors added, “The rioters who stormed the Capitol on January 6 didn’t just attack a building — they attacked the rule of law that this country was built on and through which it endures. By disregarding the Select Committee’s subpoena and its authority, the Respondent exacerbated this assault. »

What happened in court on Friday: Federal prosecutors reiterated those points, arguing that Bannon should be fined $200,000, which is above the $1,000-100,000 guideline and the legal maximum for the two counts of contempt he faces. is confronted.

Federal prosecutors said Bannon’s refusal to provide the probation office with details about his finances was why he should be given a particularly stiff fine.

The judge seems skeptical, however, suggesting that Bannon didn’t really admit that the $200,000 fine was appropriate.

Federal prosecutors continued to press, telling the judge that citizens put themselves in harm’s way all the time to comply with subpoenas, but Bannon “experienced no such threats” and “stepped away from it.” nose in Congress”.

Bannon was found guilty by a jury in July of two counts of contempt of Congress.

CNN’s Holmes Lybrand contributed to this post.

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