Federal Appeals Court Upholds Steve Bannon’s Contempt of Congress Conviction, Former WH Aide Faces Prison


A federal appeals court upheld former Trump advisor Steve Bannon’s contempt-of-Congress conviction Friday for failing to appear before the J6 committee despite a subpoena. Another former aide to the president, Peter Navarro, already sits in a Miami prison for a similar offense.



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Bannon may also soon be sent to prison, though exactly when that would happen is not known:

The US DC Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected several challenges Bannon made to the case, including his claim that the trial court excluded evidence he should have been allowed to put before the jury in his defense.

Bannon was sentenced to four months in federal prison, and that sentence was also upheld Friday by the appeals court. The ruling could pave the way for Bannon to eventually report to prison, though the timing is unclear.

“Because we have no basis to depart from that binding precedent,” the court wrote in its ruling, “and because none of Bannon’s other challenges to his conviction have merit, we affirm.”

They added that Bannon “did not comply with the subpoena in any respect”:


Author and investigator Julie Kelly wrote in the above tweet:

So–a Democrat Congress can defy its own originating legislation related to a special committee; make up a crime; force Americans to comply with requests/subpoenas; use a Dem US Atty to enforce (Bannon was Matthew Graves’ first indictment after taking office in Nov 2021); get a quick jury conviction in a 100% Dem city; and get a majority Dem appellate panel to affirm.

Bannon could appeal to the Supreme Court, but Peter Navarro already did that in his case and was shot down. 

Interesting that Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress in 2012 for failing to provide documents in the Fast and Furious scandal—but the DOJ back then declined to file charges. Funny how that works. Meanwhile, Hunter Biden failed to show up despite a subpoena in December, 2023, but was not charged. He finally did show up after the House Oversight Committee threatened to hold him in contempt.


The fraudulent J6 committee had wanted to quiz Bannon about the events of that day:

When the now-defunct House panel sought documents and testimony from Bannon in 2021, it pointed to alleged communications between Bannon and Trump in the days leading up to the January 6 Capitol attack, as well as comments Bannon made on his podcast the day before the riot that “all hell is going to break loose tomorrow.”

Bannon for some time served in Trump’s White House, but by the time of Trump’s crusade to overturn his 2020 electoral loss, Bannon had long left the 

Commentator Greg Price summed it up perfectly in a tweet Friday afternoon:

“Steve Bannon has one of the most popular pro Trump shows in the country and Biden’s DOJ is going to jail him sometime during the election for a completely made up crime.”