Steve Bannon, the ex-adviser to former President Donald Trump, has been sentenced to four months in federal prison along with a $6,500 fine on Friday for criminal contempt of Congress after defying a subpoena from the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, riot.
During the hearing, Judge Carl Nichols rejected Bannon's request to get credit for acceptance of responsibility, which would have lowered his sentence.
He served as the White House's chief strategist in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump during the first seven months of Trump's term.
Bannon declined to make a comment before the judge imposed his sentence, saying his lawyers had spoken for him.
Nichols said that if Bannon files a timely appeal, he will issue an order to suspend the prison sentence until the appeals process begins.
In July, A federal jury found former Steve Bannon guilty of contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack.
The jury reached a unanimous verdict on the two contempt charges in less than three hours.
- One for his refusal to testify in the investigation.
- Other for his failure to turn over the documents the committee demanded.
Each count carries a maximum imprisonment of one year.
Prosecutors have asked the judge that Bannon should be sentenced to 6 months and pay a $200,000 fine.
Bannon is also facing trial in New York for allegedly defrauding donors in the "We Build The Wall" effort.
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