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To: 22/07/2022 21:39

Bannon had ignored a subpoena from the Capitol Storming Investigative Committee: A jury in Washington found ex-President Trump’s former chief strategist guilty. He faces two years in prison.

Former President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has been found in contempt of Congress. The jury found him guilty of disobeying a subpoena from the committee investigating the storming of the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. The U committee believes Bannon is a key witness.

Possible two years in prison

The sentence will be announced later. Bannon faces up to two years in prison. Each of the two counts on which he was convicted carries a minimum sentence of 30 days.

Bannon was charged last November with failing to appear to testify or disclose documents when subpoenaed by the committee.

Bannon’s attorney had pleaded unsuccessfully during the trial, which only began Monday in federal court, that his client had not knowingly resisted the subpoena. On the contrary, the date of the investigation was “the subject of ongoing discussions”.

In touch with Trump during the storm

Bannon, 68, co-founded the right-wing internet platform Breitbart before Trump brought him to the White House. He was a central figure in Trump’s election campaign in 2016. The president fired him again in 2017.

Thus, at the time of the Capitol’s capture, he no longer held an official position in the United States government, but was in contact with Trump.

In his own podcast, Bannon also predicted at the time that “hell is about to break out.” Radical Trump supporters then stormed Congress when the election victory of Trump challenger Joe Biden was to be officially confirmed.

Source www.tagesschau.de

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