A federal jury on Friday discovered former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon responsible of contempt for ignoring subpoenas from the Home choose committee investigating the January 6, 2021, rebel.
After three hours of deliberations, the jury discovered Bannon responsible on two counts of contempt of Congress, which carry a minimal sentence of 30 days behind bars and fines of as much as $100,000.
Bannon’s group rested their case on Thursday with out calling any protection witnesses — together with Bannon himself — and as a substitute requested the decide to acquit him, according to The Associated Press.
Assistant US Lawyer Molly Gaston mentioned throughout closing arguments that the subpoenas had been simple and that Bannon selected to blow them off.
“Our authorities solely works if individuals present up. It solely works if individuals play by the principles, and it solely works if persons are held accountable when they don’t,” Gaston mentioned, according to NBC News.
After the Home January 6 committee issued his subpoenas, Bannon was quoted by The Every day Mail as responding: “I stand with Trump and the Structure.”
In a while Friday, the heads of the committee, chairman Bennie Thompson and vice chair Liz Cheney launched a joint assertion calling Bannon’s conviction a “victory for the rule of regulation and an essential affirmation of the choose committee’s work”.
“Because the prosecutor said, Steve Bannon ‘selected allegiance to Donald Trump over compliance with the regulation,’” they continued. “Simply as there should be accountability for all these liable for the occasions of January sixth, anybody who obstructs our investigation into these issues ought to face penalties. Nobody is above the regulation.”
However he has warned Trump supporters that the committee is out to get them.