Former White House Chief Strategist and Senior Counsel to Donald Trump Steve Bannon‘s legal team are appearing in the Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday in an effort to overturn his four-month prison sentence after he refused to cooperate with the House January 6 committee last year.
“The lower court erred by prohibiting Mr. Bannon from putting his defenses before the jury in this case, in violation of his rights under the 5th and 6th Amendments to the United States Constitution,” argued Bannon’s attorney, David Schoen, in a court brief earlier this year.
“Bannon was barred from putting on any evidence or argument that he believed he responded to the subpoena in the only way the law permitted once executive privilege was invoked, and that he acted in the manner his experienced lawyer directed him that he had to act as a matter of law,” Schoen further explained.
Bannon, the host of Bannon’s War Room, was handed a four-month prison sentence as well as a $6,500 fine in October 2022.
Despite this, he continues to argue he should have been permitted executive privilege and other defenses before the trial’s jury.
He further insists on his innocence because he relied on his attorney’s advice as well as legal opinions from within the Department of Justice.
His legal team will appear before a panel of three justices. Oral argument is scheduled for 2 p.m., with both Bannon and the prosecution allotted ten minutes.