Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors in Steve Bannon’s criminal contempt of Congress case have requested the judge order him to begin his four-month prison sentence, according to ABC.

Per a case summary provided by The Levin Center: “On September 23, 2021, the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol issued a subpoena to Steve Bannon requesting documents and deposition testimony related to the 2020 presidential election and January 6th attack.”

They further explain his alleged offenses: “he declined to produce any documents by the Oct. 7th due date or appear for a deposition on Oct. 14th as required by the subpoena. On Oct. 21, 2021, the House voted to hold him in contempt of Congress. On Nov. 12, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted Mr. Bannon on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress for failing to produce documents and for failing to appear at a deposition required by the committee subpoena.”

A CBS report revealed part of Bannon’s defense strategy. His attorney David Schoen argues that Bannon was acting based on legal advice regarding “executive privilege” involving his conversations with Trump while he was president. This counters the claim that he outright ignored the congressional subpoena.

While the judge in the case, Carl Nichols, has yet to make a commitment order, the likelihood of Bannon going to prison soon seems to be increasing. Nichols was appointed to the US District Court for the District of Columbia by President Trump on January 23, 2019.

The prosecution of Bannon, along with the various cases against President Trump, have been criticized as being political in nature. As previously reported by Valuetainment, Trump is currently in court in New York for his “hush money” trial. Commenting on his sparring with the judge over a gag order, Trump recently said “I’ll do that sacrifice any day” in reference to jailtime.

Bannon has been noted as an influential strategic ally of Trump, especially in his 2016 campaign. As described by The Guardian: “at conservative conferences, Bannon was always by Trump’s side. The relationship as so deep, recalled Sam Nunber, an ex-Trump aide, that at the Freedom Summit Trump went around and said: ‘Where’s my Steve? Where’s my Steve?’”

Bannon was a founding board member of Breitbart, and became the Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to the President-elect in November 2016. Bannon has been publishing his podcast Bannon’s War Room since 2019.

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