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Steve Bannon Sentenced to Four Months in Jail, Given $6,500 Fine for Contempt of Congress

Steve Bannon Sentenced to Four Months in Jail, Given $6,500 Fine for Contempt of Congress

Bannon refused to comply with a subpoena from the January 6th committee.

Former Trump White House official Steve Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison and must pay $6,500 for contempt of Congress.

He refused to comply with a subpoena from the January 6th Committee:

Bannon was released pending appeal. If an appeal is not made, Bannon must surrender voluntarily by Nov. 15, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols ruled.

The Justice Department had recommended a six-month prison sentence and a $200,000 fine for former Trump aide Steve Bannon due to his failure to comply with a subpoena to appear before the House Select Committee investigating January 6.

“I want to thank all you guys for coming,” Bannon said entering the courthouse Friday. “Remember this illegitimate regime, their judgment day is on eight November when the Biden administration ends. I want to thank you all for coming.”

He quickly added, “And remember, take down the CCP. Thank you.”

Bannon is jailed for contempt of Congress. Eric Holder is still free.

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We are all political prisoners now…

    Dimsdale in reply to gonzotx. | October 21, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    Prepping now includes: be ready for a “visit” by the FIB swat team…

    I give Bannon credit for not rolling over on Trump and fighting. Bannon appears to be stand up enough to do the Martha Stewart thing on this and do the time. Bannon is still fighting back.

Four months and $6,500? Hell, I’ve got more contempt for Congress than that.

Whoopee Peabody | October 21, 2022 at 12:04 pm

“Bannon is jailed for contempt of Congress. Eric Holder is still free.”

I fail to see Bannon’s white privilege. Don’t tell me it’s myth.

Eric Holder is smiling today. It’s nice to be in the club. It stinks to be an enemy of the Administration. Banana Republic.

He got what was coming to him, just like Eric Holder and Lois Lerner who did the same thing. …….. Oh, wait …… so sorry, my mistake. I forgot, Libs/leftists/democrats get multiple get-out-of-jail-free cards, not available to Conservatives. I just love the biased justice system. So no, Bannon got royally screwed.

    Dimsdale in reply to Phil. | October 21, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    They would have to get into jail first to get the get out of jail free card, no?

    Gosport in reply to Phil. | October 21, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    For those who may have forgotten:

    IRS Contempt of Congress – The agency now admits it didn’t fully comply with subpoenas. More than one contempt of Congress charge there.

    Another reminder, that was a Republican Congress led by John Boehner. If our next Rep Congress and Senate lack balls like that one did (looking at you McCarthy and McConnell) we are finished as a nation.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to Phil. | October 21, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    A prime example of “equal justice under the law”, just as the 2020 election fraud was the current example of “consent of the governed”.

    Subotai Bahadur

Last convicted of Contempt of congress and served time- Rita Lavelle, 1983. There must be a Republican clause for jail time.

Can the new congress request that the charges be dropped? Can they request Holder come back and then charge him?

    Danny in reply to MarkSmith. | October 21, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    No, but in 2025 we could start submitting our own.

      Danny in reply to Danny. | October 21, 2022 at 1:46 pm

      It could however issue a friend of the court brief which should hold some sway.

      Gosport in reply to Danny. | October 21, 2022 at 2:38 pm

      Oh we can start in Jan 2023. Just do a very thorough, painful, and costly job of investigating, debating, and voting on it. Thus not putting it on the president’s desk for referral to the DoJ for prosecution until 2025.

      By then they will want the fine and jail time just to end the process. Maybe we can even gin up a year or so of pre-trial confinement like they have done to the Jan 6 folks.

        Danny in reply to Gosport. | October 21, 2022 at 8:12 pm

        I agree we should investigate and we should have our stuff together next time we have the presidency.

        Just as long as you understand we aren’t going to get any retaliation no matter what our side uncovers before retaking the White House.

      Ironclaw in reply to Danny. | October 21, 2022 at 3:22 pm

      Sure, you can refer charges to the DOJ that serves the pedophile-in-chief and acts as his personal Gestapo. Good luck with that.

Meanwhile, McCarthy said he won’t pursue impeachment because the country “wants to heal”, thus proving again that the GOPe doesn’t know what time it is.

Leftists are locking up political opponents and the next Speaker is saying “that’s not who we are!!11!1!”. I’m sure that’ll make the left stop, Kevin.

    Dimsdale in reply to Paddy M. | October 21, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    Yeaaah, I think we are way past the “healing” stage of any of this.

    We are set for a major political pendulum swing though….

    JHogan in reply to Paddy M. | October 21, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    The GOPe is already showing their true colors again — cowardly yellow and surrender flag white.

    Danny in reply to Paddy M. | October 21, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    He also said he was banning a set of major Democrat figures from holding committee positions.

    Before condemning him for not doing impeachment ask yourself; is it worth the 2024 election?

    Maybe it wouldn’t hurt us, but on the other hand it very easily could and unlike the Democrats we don’t own these institutions to run interference for us

    1. Big Tech

    2. Mainstream media

    3. Academia

    4. Corporate America

    5. Hollywood

    If Dems lost any of those their ability to get away with things would be dramatically lower. We own none of those.

      Paddy M in reply to Danny. | October 21, 2022 at 2:16 pm

      Everyone. Find yourself a lady or man that will love you as much as Danny loves the GOPe.

        gonzotx in reply to Paddy M. | October 21, 2022 at 2:58 pm

        Lol

        Danny in reply to Paddy M. | October 21, 2022 at 3:33 pm

        Excellent job using insults instead of arguments.

        Why don’t you answer if you think most Americans who have their vote up for grabs are waiting for the GOP to try to do something about inflation or trying to have a big show that has a foregone conclusion (if you think we are getting 60 senators I want what you are smoking).

        Finally get yourself something called a brain and stop relying on slogans. In 2014 a governor governing like Ron DeSantis would have been cast out of the GOP by your types as a RINO over “MUH BIG GOVERNMENT”.

        By the way Chuck Schumer thanks you for helping operation demoralize. He can’t think of a better way to do it than you telling people it isn’t worth voting Republican (there is no other way to tell people the next Republican house speaker isn’t worth supporting).

        You may think insults instead of arguments makes you cool….no sorry it makes you brainless.

          Paddy M in reply to Danny. | October 21, 2022 at 4:59 pm

          You know what is demoralizing, Danny? Telling your voters 2 weeks before an election what you’re not going to do.

          Barry in reply to Danny. | October 23, 2022 at 11:09 am

          chinaDanny is a paid marxist plant, here to try and persuade you to commit suicide by supporting the very people that hate you the most, the GOPe.

          Go ahead and check how often he has criticized the CCP owned marxist McConnell when McConnell refuses to help fund the elections of winning republican candidates that are for putting America first.

          Let me give you the tally – zero, 0, nada, zilch, never happened, never will.

        Danny in reply to Paddy M. | October 21, 2022 at 8:18 pm

        You know what is demoralizing? Telling people that the republicans aren’t worth voting for.

        For 95% of voters the things the internet is raging about like Jan 6th and the desire to impeach Biden are not issues.

        Impeaching knowing the chance of conviction us 0% has a 100% chance of pissing off voters. Maybe it is or maybe it is not worth it. What it is not is a point of principle.

          Paddy M in reply to Danny. | October 21, 2022 at 8:45 pm

          Cool, Danny. I never posted that, so torch that strawman again. I just point out the GOPe are spineless losers, and, poof, here you are to defend their honor again.

          You’re happy that the they’re just a speed bump to slow the left. Always concerned what people that hate you think. More and more people on the right want an actual opposition party. Luckily, the GOPe is becoming less popular among the voters. May you and them go the way of the Whigs. You guys can talk about your “principles” with the Libertardians.

          healthguyfsu in reply to Danny. | October 21, 2022 at 11:34 pm

          Danny,

          I’ve gotta say that you are putting yourself in a bit of a hole here with this argument.

          By your logic, if most voters aren’t on the internet to hear about Jan 6th and Impeach Biden, aren’t they also not on the internet to hear people on a random message board complain about their own party?

      henrybowman in reply to Danny. | October 21, 2022 at 2:20 pm

      The trick to a good impeachment is to have good charges.
      Impeaching a president because somebody’s girlfriend’s hairdresser has a tape nobody’s ever seen of him watching a whore pee on a bed? Not a good charge.
      Impeaching a president because somebody has hard money tracks that 10% of the war funds sent to Ukraine got kicked back into a Caymans account? Fun for the whole family!
      Watch the Democrats unite behind that? No, watch them run like rats.

        If you could find the Republican senators in existence to make a conviction happen show me the map to it, otherwise it is theatre and it won’t work,

        Winning every seat up for grabs won’t get us to 60.

        An impeachment trial without the votes to convict is the definition of theatre. McCarthy thinking that we will lose the theatre round isn’t just not being a RINO it is being very reasonable. We don’t have the infrastructure to force our views on the country (all of which will be employed full time for Biden) and the publicity will make it look like we aren’t doing anything else and like we don’t care about actual issues.

          CDan in reply to Danny. | October 21, 2022 at 6:58 pm

          I see, understand, and agree with your points about 1. Big Tech 2. Mainstream media 3. Academia 4. Corporate America and 5. Hollywood. They will all be stoking the anti impeachment narrative. But to get to the necessary 60 votes for impeachment is it at all possible that a few Dems might cross over and vote in favor? I guess my question is, are there any true DINOS left in the senate? What about Manchin? Anyone else?

          Danny in reply to Danny. | October 21, 2022 at 8:29 pm

          @CDan

          I genuinely wish there was. Unfortunately the same institutions listed above are working full time to pressure our sides people to squish and pressuring the Democrats not to squish in our favor.

          I promise you Joe Manchin (by far the closest you could get to a Democrat squish) bought himself a lot of corporate and other favor for retirement when he submitted to the Dems last spending package. The pressure not to squish on him for impeachment will dwarf what he faced over the spending bill.

    gonzotx in reply to Paddy M. | October 21, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    He’s right , that’s not who we are, but it will be who they made us

    Ironclaw in reply to Paddy M. | October 21, 2022 at 3:23 pm

    All that will do is further embolden the communists, as they will have concrete proof that there are no consequences to their actions.

Put the poena back in subpoena.

“The least researched of the seven universal emotions, contempt is the feeling of dislike for and superiority (usually morally) over another person, group of people, and/or their actions.”

It’s the right charge.

I believe there is at least one lawsuit as a result of the J6 inquiry. I believe the premise is the Committee has not followed the Charter in its structure and workings. For example, the minority leader was to select ## (five, I think) members. Obviously, that failed and the Speaker picked the minority team. Other issues are also available. Does the failure to follow the Charter mitigate this or any of the other bluster coming from the Committee?

    Gosport in reply to rabid wombat. | October 21, 2022 at 2:44 pm

    To be clear it didn’t fail. Pelosi refused to seat the members that the Republicans chose. Instead she picked a couple known Rep turncoats, who should have turned down the appointment, and seated them.

    rabid wombat in reply to rabid wombat. | October 21, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    https://january6th.house.gov/about
    https://january6th.house.gov/about/membership

    (a) Appointment Of Members.—The Speaker shall appoint 13 Members to the Select Committee, 5 of whom shall be appointed after consultation with the minority leader.

    In short, the membership fails in a couple of dimensions.

      As I recall, precedent set some decades ago says that a committee formed that doesn’t meet the requirements is still legally fine if the House says so by a vote once it is constituted, and the J6 committee had that happen, so it is legally (although not morally) in the clear. Of course, now the Pelosi Precedent means a Republican House can do exactly the same thing if they have the nerve.

To be served in the Garland Archipelago, no doubt. Along with the other J6 political prisoners.

It is impossible for a MAGA Republican to get a fair trial and a fair sentence in DC. They’d hang MAGA supporters from lampposts in DC if the Jacobin Dems thought they could get away with it.

Meanwhile, McCarthy is already signaling there is opposition — presumably significant — to impeaching Brandon. Probably opposition to impeaching Garland, too.

The red wave hasn’t even happened yet and GOPe is flying their white surrender-monkey milquetoast flag.

    McCarthy is in a very hard spot. The cold reality is that any impeachment of a member of the current administration is moot. Biden could (fill in horrible theoretical here) on the floor of the Senate on live TV and every single Democrat Senator will vote in lockstep to keep him in office. Same goes for every member of his staff, cabinet, supporter, donor, etc… There can be House hearings, of course, but a thousand cameras will cover them like normal but zero footage will appear in any media even if (fill in horrible theoretical from above). Same goes for criminal charges. Dems with political connections who get charged, walk. Republicans who are innocent of the charges against them are trapped in court forever. (See Flynn)

    Vote. Vote so much against the Dems that they can’t cheat their way back into office, cut off their sweetheart kickback schemes that plump their pocketbooks, and exile them from any political position at all.

      CommoChief in reply to georgfelis. | October 21, 2022 at 8:04 pm

      IMO expending the political capital on budget and agency reform is a better use without enough Senators who would be willing to hear evidence and potentially convict.

      Go through the budget and pull out the NGO funding giveaways and some of the sweetheart deals. Strengthen the Hyde Amendment. Use the power of the Congressional Review Act to gut bizzaro Agency rulemaking.

      Impeaching Biden is a waste of time and a distraction. Are there scalps that could be taken in the Cabinet or sub cabinet Agency heads? Maybe but why allow the d/prog to get rid of a non hacker /embarrassment and largely blame r for doing the dirty work? Gut their agencies instead. Neuter them.

        Wish I could like your post more than once.

        Of course -sarcasm on- such common sense makes us both rinos -sarcasm off-.

        “Impeaching Biden is a waste of time and a distraction.”

        Probably. But thinking the time will get used for anything else useful is just a pipe dream. The GOPe will see to that, just like they did obamacare when they had the senate, house, and presidency. At some point you will all have to understand the truth, the GOPe is your greater enemy just as all traitors are.

        And chinaDanny is proof of that, here to support the CCP owned GOPe.

“The red wave hasn’t even happened yet and GOPe is flying their white surrender-monkey milquetoast flag.”

True, but McCarthy hasn’t been elected Speaker yet either and pre-mid terms is not the time to fight that out as nobody knows what the Congress is going to look like until afterwards.

So the Reps still have a chance to grow and show some gonads.

“Equality under the law” is a myth.

Impeaching Biden is a waste of time. I don’t care about doing it because they did it! That’s just wasting time and what’s even worse is that when this is defeated, and it will be, it will be on the Democrat propoganda airwaves 24/7!

Capitalist-Dad | October 21, 2022 at 5:01 pm

Contempt of Congress should be an award instead of a bogus crime. If you don’t have a huge contempt for Congress—and especially the Democrat and RINO members—you don’t love individual liberty.

In what legal universe can someone be convicted of contempt without a high court ruling affirming the subpoena?