USA-Steve Bannon sentenced to four months in prison for contempt of Congress – 21/10/2022 at 17:56

(Updated with judgment)

by Sarah N. Lynch

WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Steve Bannon, a former adviser to Donald Trump convicted in July of contempt of Congress and obstructing the parliamentary inquiry into the January 6 Capitol assault, was sentenced on Friday to four months in prison. jail.

This figure of the American extreme right was found guilty of two counts of contempt of Congress, one for having refused to testify, the other for having refused to transmit documents.

Prosecutors had requested six months of detention. His lawyers had pleaded for parole or house arrest and have already announced that they will appeal the judgment.

District Judge Carl Nichols also fined Steve Bannon $6,500 on those two counts. The former adviser will remain free while his appeal procedure is examined, said the judge.

Steve Bannon, 68, promoter of “America First” and champion of a fiercely anti-immigration far-right, helped Donald Trump win the 2016 election and was a top adviser to the White House.

Several thousand supporters of former President Donald Trump had led an assault on the Capitol in January 2021.

➦ USA-Four dead, 52 arrested after Capitol intrusion

Steve Bannon spoke with Donald Trump at least twice the day before the attack, attended a planning meeting at a Washington hotel, and said on his right-wing podcast that “all the hell going to be unleashed tomorrow.”

Friday’s decision does not put an end to Steve Bannon’s legal troubles.

He was indicted in September on counts of money laundering, conspiracy and embezzlement in connection with the private campaign dubbed “We Build The Wall”, which raised $25 million ($25.13 million). euros) in the name of this project dear to the former Republican president.

➦ Steve Bannon pleads not guilty to embezzlement charges

(Report Sarah N. Lynch; French version Federica Mileo and Camille Raynaud, edited by Sophie Louet)


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