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Update: Steve Bannon Lawyers Respond to DOJ

In a 19-page memo responding to a government filing, former White House strategist Steve Bannon’s lawyers’ request that their client should only receive probation after being found guilty of two counts of contempt of congress, arguing that the judge overseeing the sentencing should look for “something more” than simple contrition.

“Should a person who has spent a lifetime listening to experts – as a naval officer, investment banker, corporate executive, and Presidential advisor – be jailed for relying on the advice of his lawyers?” they ask.

“Should a person be jailed where the prosecutor declined to prosecute others who were similarly situated – with the only difference being that this person uses their voice to express strongly held political views?” his lawyer, Evan Corcoran, and David Schoen wrote.

Daily Mail reports that “they say a sentence of probation is warranted for the former chief White House strategist, and also ask the sentencing judge to issue a stay of any sentence to allow for an appeal.”

Bannon will face sentencing on Friday. He was found guilty of contempt of congress after he did not appear in front of the January 6 committee.

Bannon’s legal team argues that he was taking advice from his lawyer, Roberto Costello when he received the Subpoena in 2021.

Bannon’s legal team requested that he serve his sentence at home. Bannon films his show, War Room, from his home where he would likely stay if he serves a home sentence.

The government has since published a 24-page memo that accuses Bannon of “flouting” the law: “By flouting the Select Committee’s subpoena and its authority, the Defendant exacerbated that assault,” wrote US Attorney Matthew Graves in the memo.

“To this day, he continues to unlawfully withhold documents and testimony that stand to help the Committee’s authorized investigation to get to the bottom of what led to January 6 and ascertain what steps must be taken to ensure that it never happens again. That cannot be tolerated. Respect for the rule of law is essential to the functioning of the United States government and to preserving the freedom and good order this country has enjoyed for more than two centuries. The Defendant’s bad-faith strategy of defiance and contempt deserves severe punishment,” prosecutors wrote.

Prosecutors also want Bannon to pay a $200,000 fine.

  • Observer says:

    Partisan prosecutors with a corrupted partisan judge in a partisan area should not be allowed to hear such cases or impose politically biased sentencing . He has been a target solely for his political participation in President Trump’s administration. Let’s see the democrats on the j6 investigated with full financial audits , ties to other corrupt democrats, emails and all their life put on hold until their past is fully looked into for any dirt that can be used for their ties to Biden and his crimes yet to be challenged and put forth for all to see.

  • MiniBooger says:

    Just push it off until after the mid-terms.

  • John says:

    The only logical & Justified response to government Democrat corrupted fascist new world order 3 letter corrupt agencies coup and their facist pigs that run them is, they need to be rounded up brought the Guantanamo Bay investigated and incarcerated & interrogated for life, for their crimes against humanity this is pure demonic evil, stand up and fight or you’ll have no country or life left,

  • Pat says:

    Question is, those doors on the Capital Building weigh thousands of pounds and cannot be opened by a person they are electric. That being said why was the doors even open on Jan 6. The Capital police opened them and invited people in all a setup by Pelosi and the merry band of assholes Democrat Communist with some Rhinos like old Mitch.

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