Headline RoundupJuly 23rd, 2022

Steve Bannon Found Guilty of Contempt of Congress, Faces Potential Prison Time

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Steve Bannon on Friday night was found guilty of criminal contempt of Congress after refusing to comply with the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Bannon now faces a minimum sentence of 60 days in prison and a maximum of two years behind bars. After former President Donald Trump seemingly waived him of his executive privilege to withhold confidential information, Bannon's lawyers' reasoned that the committee's deadlines were flexible and labeled the committee's agenda as politically motivated.

"I support Trump and the Constitution and I’m not backing off one inch," Bannon told Tucker Carlson on Friday night. "If I go to jail, so be it, but we’ve got a long appeals process." Bannon, the first close Trump aide to be convicted, was indicted by a federal grand jury last November. His sentencing date is scheduled for Oct. 21.

Some reports from left-rated outlets highlighted how Bannon is using his "signature move" — to create confusion and "flood the zone with shit" — in order to beat his "criminal rap" and avoid the inside of a jail cell. Right-rated reports noted that Bannon's conviction comes "to the surprise of no one" and criticized liberal news outlets that "gloated" over Bannon's potential prison sentence.

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