Judge Orders Steve Bannon to Begin Prison Term

 June 7, 2024

In a significant judicial decision, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, to report to prison on July 1.

According to Fox News, this order follows Bannon’s failed appeal of his May contempt of Congress conviction for defying a congressional subpoena regarding the January 6 Capitol riot.

Judge Carl Nichols revoked Bannon's bail, signaling the enforcement of the October 2022 sentencing, in which Bannon received a four-month prison term and a $6,500 fine.

The Department of Justice prosecutors had initially sought a harsher penalty of six months in prison and a $200,000 fine. Bannon's legal team contended that he acted on the advice of his attorney at the time, Robert Costello, who recommended non-compliance due to concerns about executive privilege.

Judge Bradley Garcia, who upheld the conviction, dismissed the "advice of counsel" defense, stating that it holds no merit in this case. This ruling emphasizes the judiciary's stance on compliance with Congressional subpoenas, particularly in investigations as pivotal as the January 6 Capitol riot.

Legal Arguments and Defense Strategies

Bannon's conviction stems from his refusal to testify before Congress about the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol in 2021.

His legal defense centered on the notion that he was following his attorney's advice, which he believed to be grounded in executive privilege. This defense was a cornerstone of his appeal efforts, ultimately proving unsuccessful.

Judge Garcia's ruling highlighted that acting on legal counsel's advice does not constitute a valid defense against a contempt of Congress charge. This decision reinforces the legal obligation to comply with Congressional subpoenas regardless of legal counsel’s advice.

In response to his sentencing, Bannon maintained a respectful stance toward the judicial process. "I want to say one thing — I respect the judge, the sentence he came down with today is his decision. I've been totally respectful to this entire process on the legal side," Bannon stated post-sentencing.

Reactions and Implications

The ruling has significant implications for the enforcement of Congressional subpoenas.

Bannon’s conviction and subsequent sentencing underscore the legal system's commitment to upholding the rule of law in the face of executive privilege claims. This case sets a precedent for future dealings with similar defenses, indicating a stringent approach to compliance with legislative inquiries.

Bannon's defense lawyer, David Schoen, criticized the ruling, emphasizing the perceived injustice in prosecuting individuals acting on their lawyer’s advice. Schoen asserted last month:

In America, we do not criminally prosecute, let alone convict and send to prison people who not only don't believe their conduct to be wrongful or in violation of the law, but, as in this case, people who follow the advice of their lawyers who tell them that the law does not permit them to comply with a congressional subpoena when executive privilege has been invoked.


Steve Bannon's order to report to prison marks a decisive moment in the ongoing legal battles stemming from the January 6 Capitol riot. The ruling underscores the judiciary's firm stance on compliance with Congressional subpoenas and sets a precedent for future cases involving executive privilege claims. As Bannon faces imprisonment, the implications of this case will resonate within the legal and political landscapes, reinforcing the importance of adherence to the rule of law.

About Robert Cunningham

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