Updated Apr 10, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Charted: Trump world allies sentenced to prison

Data: Axios Research; Photos: Getty Images; Chart: Axios Visuals

Even as former President Trump wades through a complex web of legal woes to avoid prison, some of his allies and associates are already facing that fate.

The big picture: A striking number of people closely associated with the former president have been sentenced to prison for an array of crimes that include contempt of Congress and campaign finance violations.

The latest: Former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg received a five-month prison sentence on April 10 after previously pleading guilty to two counts of perjury.

Between the lines: The specter of prison has helped spur some Trump allies to flip on the former president and cooperate with prosecutors.

  • Former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell — one of Trump's co-defendants in the sprawling Georgia election subversion case — took a plea deal to testify against co-defendants that helped her avoid prison.
  • Former Trump campaign attorney Kenneth Chesebro — another co-defendant in the Georgia case — also took a plea deal agreeing to testify at co-defendants' trials.
  • A third co-defendant in the Georgia case, Scott Hall, also accepted a plea deal agreeing to testify against others.

Sentenced to prison:

Steve Bannon

One of Trump's former advisors, Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison in 2022 for contempt of Congress after defying a subpoena from the Jan. 6 select committee. However, Bannon's sentence has been put on hold pending an appeal.

Peter Navarro

The former Trump advisor was sentenced to four months in prison in January after being convicted of contempt of Congress for likewise defying a subpoena from the Jan. 6 select committee. He reported to prison on Tuesday after the Supreme Court rejected his bid to remain free pending his appeal.

Michael Cohen

Trump's onetime personal lawyer, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison in 2018 after pleading guilty to an array of crimes, including violating campaign finance laws and lying to Congress in the Mueller investigation. He was released in 2021.

Paul Manafort

Trump's former campaign chairman was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for bank and tax fraud crimes and those related to his work as a political consultant in Ukraine. He spent just under two years in prison before ultimately being pardoned by Trump in Dec. 2020

George Papadopoulos

The former Trump campaign advisor was sentenced to 14 days in prison in 2018 for lying to investigators about Russian contacts. He ultimately served 12 days in prison and also received a Trump pardon in Dec. 2020.

Roger Stone

The longtime Trump associate was sentenced to more than three years in prison in 2020 for crimes that included obstruction of justice, lying to Congress and witness tampering. Trump commuted Stone's sentence in July 2020 and later pardoned him.

Rick Gates

The deputy chairman of Trump's 2016 campaign, Gates pleaded guilty in 2018 to conspiracy and lying to the FBI. He was later sentenced to 45 days in prison.

Go deeper: Trump trials timeline: Jan. 6, Georgia and docs cases all in limbo

Editor's note: This story has been updated with Peter Navarro reporting to prison this week.

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