BREAKING: Steve Bannon faces jail after DC court upholds contempt of Congress conviction

Bannon could still ask the full bench of the D.C. Circuit to hear his case or petition the Supreme Court for a review.

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld former Trump advisor Steve Bannon’s conviction for contempt of Congress and he could be facing jail as a result. 

Judge Brad Garcia wrote for a three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, "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," according to The Hill

Bannon is likely to face up to four months in jail if the case if not delayed further, according to the outlet. 

"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. 

According to NBC News, Bannon could still ask the full bench of the D.C. Circuit to hear his case or petition the Supreme Court for a review. 

The DC Circuit Court order states that the judge’s mandate would not take effect until seven days after further appeal attempts have been resolved. 

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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