Jury Convicts Steve Bannon of Contempt of Congress

A federal jury has convicted former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon of contempt of Congress Friday for defying a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack.

Bannon’s lawyer did not present a defense, and Bannon did not take the stand in his defense.

The 12 person jury deliberated less than three hours before delivering the verdict

Sentencing is set for Oct. 21. 

In their closing arguments, prosecutors argued that Bannon “chose allegiance to Donald Trump” over his legal  obligation to comply with Congress.

“The defendant made a deliberate decision not to comply,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Molly Gaston told jurors. “That, ladies and gentleman, is contempt. We are here because the defendant has contempt for the Congress.”

“He has contempt for our system of government and does not believe he has to abide by the rules. Find him guilty.”

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