Steven Bannon goes from defiant to begging for mercy after prosecutors recommend prison sentence: ‘I shouldn’t be jailed for listening to my lawyers’

This Monday, the Justice Department recommended that Steve Bannon spend six months in prison coupled with a $200,000 fine after he was convicted this summer on two criminal contempt charges after he refused to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Capitol riot.

According to Mediaite, Bannon pleaded with the court to give him probation after he previously owed to fight the contempt charges and turn the case into “the misdemeanor from hell.” In their sentencing memo, federal prosecutors Federal said Bannon had repeatedly threatened outside the courtroom that he was going to “go medieval” on his opponents and compared the proceedings to a “Moscow show trial of the 1930s.”

But now that he’s facing actual jail time Bannon is pleading for leniency.

“Should a person who has spent a lifetime listening to experts – as a naval officer, investment banker, corporate executive, and Presidential advisor – be jailed for relying on the advice of his lawyers?” Bannon told the judge, apparently blaming his lawyers for his predicament.

“Mr. Bannon was a top advisor to President Donald J. Trump. On July 22, 2022, a jury convicted him on two counts of Contempt of Congress under 2 U.S.C. § 192 for his non-compliance with a congressional subpoena for documents and testimony over which President Trump asserted executive privilege. Prosecutions under 2 U.S.C. § 192 are rare. Even rarer are convictions of former top Presidential advisors for Contempt of Congress – this may be the first,” the sentencing memo noted.

But prosecutors say the Capitol rioters who overran the Capitol on January 6 “did not just attack a building – they assaulted the rule of law upon which this country was built and through which it endures.”

“By flouting the Select Committee’s subpoena and its authority, the Defendant exacerbated that assault,” the prosecution concluded,” prosecutors stated.

Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.