Former White House chief strategist and Donald Trump campaign chairman Steve Bannon has been found guilty of two counts of failing to testify before a congressional hearing about the events of January 6. He faces a maximum jail term of one year and a fine of up to 100,000. Penalty dollars.
A jury in federal court in Washington handed down the sentence after a 2.5-hour trial. She recognized Bannon Convicted in two cases: Refusing to appear before the Congress Committee and refusing to produce documents. The law provides for a prison sentence of 1 to 12 months for each charge. The sentence will be announced on October 21.
Because Bannon is guilty He ignored the formal summons To testify before a House of Representatives investigative committee investigating the circumstances of the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Bannon — who had no formal role in the White House during the turmoil — initially insisted he could not testify because Trump had asked him to. He was referring to so-called executive privilege, a legal practice that allows presidents to protect the content of internal conversations. However, most experts believe this only applies to current presidents.
Trump should allow Bannon to testify
Before the trial began, a former Trump aide said he was willing to testify after the former president gave him permission to testify in a letter. The prosecution said it was a ruse because Bannon He has not yet sent any document to the commission.
Bannon — even before the ruling, he considered appealing One of the key figures He was involved in the protests that led to the attack on the Capitol. The day before the riots, he announced during his podcast that “all hell will break loose” on January 6 and suggested there would be a “revolution”. On January 5, Bannon also met with Republican members of Congress at the Willard Hotel in Washington.
Bannon is one of two former Trump advisers to face charges of refusing to testify. Second Peter NavarroHe was in charge of trade policy at the White House.
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