Steve Bannon Could Get His Conviction Tossed After This

Steve Bannon Could Get His Conviction Tossed After This

( – Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is the January 6 Committee’s highest-profile defendant so far; in October he was sentenced to 120 days in jail for refusing to appear before the commission. Now, a legal expert says he has a good chance of getting his conviction overturned.

In September 2021, Bannon, the Breitbart News founder who served as chief strategist in the first months of the Trump administration, was subpoenaed by the January 6 Committee. However, the former president invoked executive privilege and instructed Bannon not to testify.

On advice from his lawyer, Bannon refused to obey the subpoena; on July 22, a Washington, DC jury convicted him of criminal contempt of Congress. He was later sentenced to 120 days in prison, but in an unusual move, the judge issued a stay on the sentence to allow for an appeal.

Now, legal expert Gregg Jarrett has written an article claiming Bannon’s conviction can be traced back to a 1961 Supreme Court decision that was later overturned. Jarrett says to convict, prosecutors have to show defendants knew their reaction to a subpoena was unlawful. Bannon, acting on legal advice, believed it was lawful for him to refuse to appear. That means he should never have been held in contempt of Congress.

All three judges who will hear the appeal were appointed by Democrat presidents. If they follow the law instead of party allegiances, he could soon have his conviction overturned.

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