Federal prosecutors had requested Nichols to imprison Bannon for six months and advantageous him $200,000, arguing that he had “pursued a bad-faith technique of protection and contempt” from the second he obtained the subpoena in September 2021.
In addition they famous that in courthouse information conferences and on his Conflict Room podcast, Bannon had publicly decried the case towards him and mocked the felony justice system.
“[T]he Defendant has exploited his notoriety … to show to the general public the supply of his bad-faith refusal to adjust to the Committee’s subpoena: a complete disregard for presidency processes and the regulation,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum. “By way of his public platforms, the Defendant has used hyperbolic and generally violent rhetoric to disparage the Committee’s investigation, personally assault the Committee’s members, and mock the felony justice system.
“The Defendant’s statements show that his contempt was not geared toward defending government privilege or the Structure, relatively it was geared toward undermining the Committee’s efforts to research an historic assault on authorities,” they wrote.
Bannon had claimed he selected to not cooperate as a result of he had been suggested by attorneys that he was shielded as a result of Trump was claiming government privilege, a authorized doctrine that protects some White Home communications. (Bannon was not a federal worker by the point of the assault on the Capitol, having been pressured out in 2017, however had been advising Trump within the aftermath of his 2020 election loss. The night time earlier than the Capitol riot, Bannon had advised his podcast listeners, “All hell goes to interrupt free tomorrow.”)
His attorneys had requested the choose to condemn Bannon solely to probation and to delay any sentence till he may exhaust his authorized appeals.
Of their sentencing memorandum, protection attorneys famous that the Division of Justice had not indicted another Trump allies who had refused to cooperate with the investigative committee.
“Ought to an individual be jailed the place the prosecutor declined to prosecute others who had been equally located – with the one distinction being that this particular person makes use of their voice to specific strongly held political beliefs?” they wrote.