Updated Jun 6, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Steve Bannon ordered to begin prison sentence by July 1

Bannon exits a black car. Another person is stepping in front of him.

Steve Bannon, ex-adviser to former President Trump, arrives at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C. on June 6. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Getty Images

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Steve Bannon, an ex-adviser to former President Trump, to begin serving his four-month prison sentence by July 1, multiple outlets reported.

The big picture: Bannon was already sentenced, but the judge delayed his surrender date while he appealed.

Catch up quick: He was sentenced in 2022 for contempt of Congress after defying a subpoena from the Jan. 6 select committee.

  • He failed to turn over documents or appear for a deposition to the committee, citing executive privilege though he had been a private citizen for more than three years by Jan. 6, 2021.
  • A federal appeals court rejected Bannon's conviction appeal last month.

Flashback: "I support Trump and the Constitution and if they want to put me in jail for that, so be it," Bannon said on Fox News after his conviction.

  • The select committee wanted his testimony because he was in communication with key officials before the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

State of play: Bannon's appeal no longer "raises substantial question of law," U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols said on Thursday, CBS News reported.

  • The surrender date could be delayed if Bannon's legal team seeks a stay of his order, the Associated Press reported.
  • Trump called jailing Bannon "a total and complete American tragedy" in a Thursday afternoon Truth Social post.

Zoom out: Earlier this year, another Trump adviser, Peter Navarro, became the first high-ranking Trump official to serve prison time over actions related to the Jan. 6 capitol riot.

Go deeper: Appeals court upholds Steve Bannon's contempt of Congress conviction

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional details.

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