BREAKING: Biden's DOJ demands Steve Bannon begin serving prison term in new filing

"Consequently, there is no longer a 'substantial question of law that is likely to result in a reversal or an order for a new trial,'" prosecutors wrote in their filing.

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

Prosecutors with Biden’s Department of Justice on Tuesday demanded that the judge overseeing former Trump advisor Steve Bannon’s criminal contempt of Congress case order that he begin his prison sentence. 

An appeals court last week upheld Bannon’s conviction. He was sentenced to four months in prison in October 2022. Prosecutors argued that since the appeals court upheld the conviction, his prison sentence should go forward. 

"Consequently, there is no longer a 'substantial question of law that is likely to result in a reversal or an order for a new trial,'" prosecutors wrote in their filing, according to ABC News

"I'm shocked they want to silence the voice of MAGA," Bannon told ABC News.

Judge Brad Garcia wrote for a three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals on May 10, "It is undisputed that the first time Bannon raised these arguments was in district court, long after his deadline for responding to the subpoena had passed."

"A witness cannot defend against a contempt of Congress charge based on an affirmative defense that they were able, but failed, to raise at the time they were ordered to produce documents or appear." 

Bannon was convicted of two counts of contempt of Congress in 2022 and sentenced to four months in prison for not complying with a subpoena from the January 6 House Select Committee. 

This comes as fellow former Trump advisor Peter Navarro is serving a four-month sentence in a Miami prison for not complying with a congressional subpoena, also from the January 6 Select Committee.

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