Former Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Faces Prison Time As Appeal Fails

Steve Bannon, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, is set to appear in court on June 6 for a hearing that could result in his remand to prison. The Department of Justice filed a notice of hearing after a federal appeals court shot down Bannon’s bid to avoid jail time for his contempt of Congress conviction.

Bannon was found guilty in 2022 of failing to comply with a subpoena from the House’s January 6 committee, which sought documents and testimony regarding his knowledge of the events leading up to the Capitol insurrection. He was sentenced to four months in prison but was allowed to remain free while he appealed the conviction.

The three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Bannon’s arguments, which included claims that he was not guilty because his lawyer advised him not to comply with the subpoena and that the trial court excluded evidence crucial to his defense.

Bannon’s lawyer, former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, has complained since the conviction that his client did not receive a fair trial. While Bannon could potentially appeal to the Supreme Court or the full lineup of D.C. Circuit judges, legal experts suggest he would face very long odds of success.

The upcoming hearing on June 6 will determine whether Bannon will be remanded to prison to serve his four-month sentence for his role in obstructing the Capitol insurrection probe.