For his conviction of contempt of Congress, former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon is recommended to receive a sentence at the top of the sentencing range: a six-month jail sentence and a $200,000 fine.
Federal prosecutors claim in a court document that after receiving a subpoena from the House committee looking into the disturbance at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, Mr. Bannon “pursued a bad-faith strategy of disobedience and contempt.”
The Justice Department stated that the defendant “has utilized bombastic and occasionally violent rhetoric through his public platforms to criticize the Committee’s inquiry, personally target the Committee’s members, and mock the criminal justice system.”
On Friday, Mr. Bannon is set to get his punishment. He was found guilty on two counts of contempt of Congress by a federal grand jury in July for ignoring the committee’s subpoena.
Mr. Bannon “refused to reveal his financial records, instead maintaining that he is willing and able to pay whatever punishment imposed, even the maximum amount on each count of conviction,” according to the prosecution, in his pre-sentence interview.
The Justice Department stated that the required minimum term of one month in jail “is insufficient to account for, punish, and prevent his criminal conduct.” “Instead, the court should sentence the defendant to six months in prison, the maximum amount allowed by the guidelines’ advisory sentencing range, and fine him $200,000 based on his demand to forgo participating in the Probation Office’s customary pre-sentencing financial investigation in favor of paying the maximum fine.”
Do you think the DOJ will be successful in their request or will the judge deny it?
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