The Justice Department is seeking six months in jail and a $200,000 fine when Steve Bannon is sentenced this morning, according to a filing Monday.
The adviser to former President Donald Trump was convicted in July of two counts of criminal contempt of Congress, after he refused to appear before the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack.
“From the time he was initially subpoenaed, the defendant has shown that his true reasons for total non-compliance have nothing to do with his alleged respect for the Constitution, the rule of law or executive privilege. , and everything to do with his personal disdain for the members of Congress serving on the Committee and their efforts to investigate the attack on the peaceful transfer of power of our country,” prosecutors said in Monday’s filing. “[Bannon’s] the abject refusal to heed the Committee’s summons, in the circumstances facing this country, could not be more serious.”
Bannon faces a maximum sentence of one year per count, for a total of two years behind bars.
In his own sentencing memorandum, Bannon asked that he be sentenced to probation and is asking for a stay of any sentence pending appeal of his conviction.