Stephen K. Bannon Seeks Jail Term Postponement From Supreme Court Amid Subpoena Battle

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 06/21/2024
A longtime supporter of the former president of the United States, Stephen K. Bannon requested on Friday from the Supreme Court to postpone his jail term while he challenges his conviction for ignoring a subpoena from the House committee that looked into the assault on the United States Capitol.

Following the denial of Bannon's request to forgo going to jail by July 1 in order to fulfill his four-month term, a panel of the federal appeals court granted the emergency motion. John G. Roberts Jr., Chief Justice, who is in charge of emergency appeals from Washington, D.C. courts, received the letter.

Just a few days before the court's scheduled summer break, the top court ordered the Justice Department to reply to the request by this Wednesday. Shortly after receiving an answer in March, the court turned down a request of a similar kind from another Trump advisor.

Bannon was found guilty on two counts of contempt of Congress almost two years ago. The first count concerned his refusal to appear for a deposition with the House committee on January 6 and the second involved his withholding of documents pertaining to his role in Trump's attempts to reverse his defeat to Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential contest.

David Schoen, Bannon's lawyer, has said that the case presents "serious constitutional issues" that the Supreme Court should consider. Bannon has portrayed the action as politically motivated.

In his emergency motion, attorney Trent McCotter said that if Bannon is put to jail for the rest of the month, he would probably have to serve out his whole term before the high court can address those issues since the court is scheduled to take a summer break at the end of June.

According to his attorney, the former adviser was still in negotiations with the congressional committee at the time of his indictment, not dodging the subpoena. His prior legal representative informed him that the Republican former president had claimed executive privilege, making the subpoena void, and the committee would not let a Trump attorney to attend.

In court documents, Bannon's attorneys had said that since he is a key adviser to Trump's campaign, there is a "strong public interest" in keeping him free in the run-up to the 2024 election.

Bannon's appeal has postponed the beginning of his jail sentence. Following the upholding of his convictions for contempt of Congress by an appeals court panel, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols issued an order for him to surrender.


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