Former Trump aide Steve Bannon ordered to jail by July 1 to serve contempt of Congress sentence

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Steve Bannon, former advisor to President Donald Trump, arrives at the federal courthouse to find out if or when a judge will order him to jail on June 6, 2024 in Washington, DC. 

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A federal judge in Washington, D.C., at a hearing Thursday ordered former Trump White House aide Steve Bannon to report to jail by July 1 to begin serving a four-month sentence for his criminal contempt of Congress conviction.

The order by Judge Carl Nichols came three weeks after federal prosecutors urged him to lift a stay on Bannon’s sentence pending an appeal of his conviction for failing to comply with a subpoena from a House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

A federal appeals court panel in a unanimous ruling on May 10 upheld Bannon’s conviction in the case.

At Thursday’s hearing, Bannon’s lawyer David Shoen reacted emotionally to Nichols’ order.

“One thing you have to learn as a lawyer is that when the judge has made his decision, you don’t stand up and start yelling,” Nichols said, according to NBC News.

“I’ve had enough,” the judge said as Shoen continued talking.

The lawyer replied, “I’m not yelling.”

“You’re sending a man to prison who thought he was complying with the law, we don’t do that in my system,” said Shoen, who argued that Nichols’ ruling was “contrary to our system of justice.”

Nichols shot back, “I think you should sit down.”

It is possible that Bannon’s jail sentence could be stayed by an order of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, or by the U.S. Supreme Court.

But Bannon’s hopes of winning a stay of his sentence or a reversal of his conviction at either of those courts is, legally speaking, a long shot.

In March, Peter Navarro, another ex-adviser to former President Donald Trump, began serving a four-month federal jail sentence after the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of his conviction for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the Jan. 6 House committee.

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