Updated Jul 23, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Steve Bannon convicted of contempt of Congress charges

 Former White House senior strategist Steve Bannon arrives at the Federal District Court House for the fifth day of his contempt of Congress trial on July 22, 2022.
Former White House senior strategist Steve Bannon arrives at the Federal District Court House for the fifth day of his contempt of Congress trial on July 22. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Former Trump adviser Steven Bannon was found guilty Friday of two counts of contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena issued by the Jan. 6 select committee investigating the attack, the New York Times reports.

Driving the news: The two misdemeanor counts each carry a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year in jail, as well as a fine of $100 to $100,000. Bannon is the first close Trump aide to be convicted as a result of the committee's probe.

  • The Department of Justice in closing arguments of the trial said that Bannon "chose allegiance to Donald Trump over compliance to the law," CNN reports.
  • Bannon's lawyers had argued that the committee's deadlines were flexible and claimed the subpoena and prosecution's case were politically motivated.
  • The jury deliberated for less than three hours before reaching a unanimous verdict.

What they're saying: "I only have one disappointment and that is the gutless members of that show trial committee, the J6 Committee didn't have the guts to come down here and testify in open court," Bannon said in remarks after the verdict, noting he plans to appeal.

  • "We may have lost the battle here today but we're not going to lose the war," he added.

The other side: "The conviction of Steve Bannon is a victory for the rule of law and an important affirmation of the Select Committee’s work," Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said in a statement.

  • "Just as there must be accountability for all those responsible for the events of January 6th, anyone who obstructs our investigation into these matters should face consequences," they said. "No one is above the law."

What to watch: Bannon's sentencing date is scheduled for Oct. 21.

Worth noting: The conviction is a win for the DOJ, which has taken heat for its approach to Jan. 6 panel indictments for contempt of Congress.

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