Trump ally Steve Bannon must report to federal prison in CT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Trump ally Steve Bannon is to report to a federal prison in Connecticut on Monday to serve a four-month sentence on a contempt charge for defying a subpoena in the congressional investigation of the U.S. Capitol attack.

A judge had allowed Bannon to remain free for nearly two years while he appealed, but ordered him to jail on Monday after an appellate court panel upheld his conviction of contempt of Congress.

The Supreme Court rejected his last-minute appeal to postpone his sentence.

The jury found Bannon guilty of two counts of contempt of Congress: first, for refusing to testify before the House committee on January 6, and second, for refusing to provide documents related to his involvement in the Republican former president's efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss to Democrat Joe Biden.

Defense lawyers have argued that the case raises issues that the Supreme Court should examine, including the belief of Bannon's previous lawyer that the subpoena was invalid because former President Donald Trump claimed executive privilege. However, prosecutors say Bannon left the White House years ago and Trump never invoked executive privilege before the committee.

Bannon's appeal will continue, and Republican House leaders have thrown their support behind it, saying the January 6 committee was improperly formed, effectively attempting to invalidate the subpoena Bannon received.

Another Trump ally, trade adviser Peter Navarro, has also been convicted of contempt of Congress. He went to jail in March to serve a four-month sentence after the Supreme Court rejected his request to delay sentencing.

Bannon also faces criminal charges in New York state court alleging he defrauded donors who gave money to build a wall along the US-Mexico border. Bannon has pleaded not guilty to money laundering, conspiracy, fraud and other charges, and that trial has been postponed until at least the end of September.

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