Trump advisor Steve Bannon asks Supreme Court to delay his prison term

 June 22, 2024

Steven Bannon just asked the U.S. Supreme Court to delay his prison sentence. 

ABC News reports that Bannon, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, filed an emergency appeal with the high court on Friday.

Bannon has been ordered to report to prison by July 1, 2024.

This means that the members of the U.S. Supreme Court have a little over a week to decide whether or not to grant Bannon's request.


Bannon's prison sentence stems from contempt of Congress charges, and the contempt of Congress charges stem from Bannon's refusal to comply with the infamous Jan. 6 committee.

The reader will likely remember that this was the committee that was supposedly put together to investigate the Capitol protest of Jan. 6, 2021, but, instead, the highly partisan, Democrat-dominated committee spent all of its time trying to pin blame for what happened on that day on Trump.

The committee was even caught, before it was disbanded, of deleting evidence that many believe was favorable to Trump.

The committee subpoenaed Bannon as part of its investigation, and Bannon refused to comply. This is what led Congress to send a contempt of Congress charge recommendation to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), which the department, under the Biden administration, decided to prosecute.

It is worth noting that the DOJ refused to prosecute U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland for a clear contempt of Congress violation. Many argue that this highlights the dual justice system that America seems to have under Democratic leadership.

Bannon's request

Bannon has been sentenced to four months in prison. An appellate court upheld the conviction in May, requiring him to report to prison by July 1. Now, he is looking to get his sentence delayed, filing such a request with the Supreme Court.

"An even-handed approach thus strongly favors allowing Mr. Bannon to remain on release," Bannon's legal team wrote in their request.

They added, "There is also no denying the fact that the government seeks to imprison Mr. Bannon for the four-month period immediately preceding the November presidential election. There is no reason for that outcome in a case that presents substantial legal issues."

Former Trump adviser Peter Navarro has also been prosecuted for contempt of Congress charges for refusing to comply with the Jan. 6 committee. Navarro, like Bannon, also asked the Supreme Court to keep him out of prison. But, the members of the court refused to do so.

We'll have to see if the justices make a similar ruling with Bannon.

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