Appeals Court Denies Steve Bannon’s Request to Delay Prison Term Amid Contempt of Congress Appeal

Grayson Larkspur

Updated Friday, June 21, 2024 at 6:05 AM CDT

Appeals Court Denies Steve Bannon’s Request to Delay Prison Term Amid Contempt of Congress Appeal

In a significant legal setback for former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has denied his request to remain out of prison while he appeals his conviction on contempt of Congress charges. The ruling, delivered in a 2-1 decision, implies that Bannon will have to serve his four-month prison sentence starting July 1, while his appeal is pending.

Judges Cornelia Pillard and Bradley Garcia, who authored the majority opinion, concluded that Bannon's arguments do not present a "substantial question" of law that could reverse his conviction. In contrast, Judge Justin Walker dissented, writing that arguments about Bannon’s state of mind presented a “close question” that could be decided in Bannon’s favor by the Supreme Court.

The case centers on Bannon’s refusal to comply with a subpoena from the House Jan. 6 committee, which sought documents related to the Capitol attack on January 6, 2021. Bannon was convicted in 2022 on two counts of contempt of Congress and subsequently sentenced to four months in prison.

Bannon's lawyers, who filed an unsuccessful emergency motion on June 11 to overrule a lower court's ruling, have expressed their intention to seek relief from the Supreme Court. Bannon's lawyer Trent McCotter did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and David Schoen, a lawyer who previously represented Bannon, quit the case after seeing the motion at issue had been filed. Schoen stated he had nothing to do with the motion that was filed.

Bannon's defense claims he was relying on his attorney's advice that he couldn't testify or produce documents due to Trump's invocation of executive privilege. His legal team argues that his case raises serious legal questions likely needing Supreme Court resolution, but he will have completed his prison sentence by then. They further assert that there is a "strong public interest" in allowing Bannon to remain free before the 2024 election, where he is considered a top adviser to Trump’s campaign.

Prosecutors, however, argue that Bannon's role in political discourse is irrelevant to his case and that equal justice under the law requires Bannon's continued detention. The House Jan. 6 committee's final report concluded that Trump criminally engaged in a "multi-part conspiracy" to overturn the 2020 election results and failed to stop the Capitol attack after an 18-month investigation.

The ruling against Bannon comes amidst another high-profile case involving former President Donald Trump, who is facing a criminal trial for allegedly scheming to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. The case, presided over by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon in Fort Pierce, Florida, has seen multiple delays due to unresolved legal disputes, including a challenge to the legality of Special Counsel Jack Smith's appointment.

As Bannon prepares to report to prison, his legal team continues to battle in the courts, reflecting the ongoing legal turmoil surrounding former Trump aides and the broader political implications heading into the 2024 election.

Conservative Bias:

Well, here we go again, folks. The liberal judiciary, with their activist judges, have once again shown their true colors by denying Steve Bannon's request to delay his prison term. This is nothing but a politically motivated witch hunt aimed at silencing one of the most influential voices in conservative politics. Judges Cornelia Pillard and Bradley Garcia, both appointed by left-leaning administrations, couldn't care less about the rule of law or the Constitution. They are more interested in serving the radical left's agenda. Bannon was merely following legal advice regarding executive privilege, and yet, they want to throw him behind bars to send a chilling message to anyone who dares to oppose their socialist utopia. This is a travesty of justice, and it’s clear they are trying to keep him locked up and out of the political arena before the 2024 election. If you think this is about justice, think again—it's about silencing dissent and consolidating power for the liberal elite. Shameful!

Liberal Bias:

Once again, we see the grotesque double standards of the conservative establishment at play. Steve Bannon, a man who defied a lawful subpoena from the House Jan. 6 committee, is trying to weasel his way out of serving a well-deserved prison sentence. And who is defending him? None other than the right-wing echo chamber, which continues to undermine our democratic institutions. Judge Justin Walker, a staunch conservative, dissented, showing just how deep the rot goes in protecting their own. Bannon's claims of executive privilege are nothing but a smokescreen to evade accountability for his role in the insurrection. It's laughable that his defense team talks about "public interest" when the real public interest lies in ensuring that no one is above the law, especially those who conspire against our democracy. This ruling is a step in the right direction, but the fact that Bannon's legal team is still fighting speaks volumes about the lengths to which these extremists will go to subvert justice. The American people deserve better than this circus of corruption and deceit.

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