sTave Bannon, a former close adviser to Donald Trump, was convicted in federal court on Friday of obstructing Congress’ investigative powers by a jury that refused to cooperate with the commission on the attack on the Capitol.
A thoughtful but very influential adviser to the former Republican president, he had continued to exchange with him until the days before the January 6, 2021 attack. He was asked by the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission to testify and produce documents, which he refused.
A jury in a federal court in Washington deliberated for less than three hours on Friday to convict the 68-year-old man on two counts against him.
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His punishment will be decided later. They face prison terms ranging from one month to one year for each count.
The parliamentary commission of inquiry into the attack on the Capitol sought to know the nature of exchanges between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump in the days before January 6. Lawmakers called on Steve Bannon to testify and produce documents. He declined, citing the president’s right to keep certain conversations secret, which he accused of “obstructing the investigative powers of Congress”.
At the opening of the proceedings on Tuesday, prosecutor Amanda Vaughan accused Steve Bannon of considering himself “above the law.” The political prosecution was condemned by Steve Bannon’s lawyer.
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