Steve Bannon is found guilty of contempt for defying citation on the seizure of the Capitol – El Financiero

steve banon was found guilty by a Washington jury for defying a subpoena from the congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on United States Capitol.

The verdict was reached after three hours of deliberation by the jury on Friday. The trial came to a swift close after only two witnesses testified for the government and Bannon’s attorneys decided not to present a defense.

Bannon, 68, a leading figure in the right-wing media credited with helping Trump win the presidency, had no visible reaction when the guilty verdict was read. She basically remained silent in the courtroom during the trial, but she never missed an opportunity to meet the press on the courthouse steps.

banner was convicted of two counts of contempt of Congress. She is the first person to be prosecuted on that charge in decades.

While Bannon faces two charges, each of which carries up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000, a judge will likely determine a lesser sentence that could sentence him to serve the charges at the same time.

Sentencing was set for October 21.

Bannon was subpoenaed by the January 6 committee last fall to provide documents and evidence before the October deadlines. He is the first person in Trump’s inner circle to face consequences for not cooperating. peter navarroTrump’s former trade adviser faces similar charges.

During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence to show that Bannon thought he was above the law by deliberately choosing to ignore the deadlines set forth in the summons. Bannon’s defense team argued that the dates were ambiguous and implied that the contempt referral was politically motivated.

Judge Carl J. Nichols, a Trump appointee, sought to prevent the trial from becoming a “political circus” and limited the defense to asking questions about a witness’s bias. At times, he had to control defense attorney Evan Corcoran.

On Thursday, the defense team made a last-ditch effort to persuade Nichols to acquit Bannon, arguing that the evidence presented by prosecutors was too scant. Corcoran called the trial a “single-witness case.”

Nichols said he would rule on the motion after the verdict.

The government’s star witness was Kristin Amerling, senior advisor to the January 6 committee, who testified that Bannon ignored multiple requests and warnings to comply with the subpoena. The committee required that Bannon submit the documents by Oct. 7 and appear to testify Oct. 14, but he never did, Amerling told the jury Wednesday.

He also said that he did not follow the procedures attached to the summons if he wanted to request more time.

During cross-examination, Corcoran questioned Amerling about his politics and asked who specifically was responsible for setting the dates on the subpoena. In an effort to get Bannon acquitted, Corcoran told the judge that Amerling’s testimony was weak because he “could not identify why those dates were on the subpoena” or identify “who put those dates on the subpoena.”

The prosecution called a second witness, Stephen Hart, an FBI agent who investigated Bannon’s breach of subpoena. Hart testified that Bannon’s former attorney, Robert Costello, offered no reason other than the claim of bannon executive privilege by Trump for his refusal to cooperate even though he left the White House in 2017.

On the eve of the trial, Bannon offered to testify before the committee. It was nine months after the committee initially sought testimony from him. Bannon’s offer came with a letter from Trump, who reported that he was giving up executive privilege to release Bannon to testify.

Nichols previously questioned whether Trump ever invoked executive privilege, saying it was unclear whether the protection applied to Bannon since he was a private citizen when offering advice.