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By Mae Slater on
 May 15, 2024

DOJ Demands Judge Order Steve Bannon To Prison To Begin Sentence

Federal prosecutors have requested that Judge Carl Nichols enforce Steve Bannon's four-month prison sentence following the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to uphold Bannon's conviction.

ABC News reported that the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week to uphold Bannon's conviction on all counts. This decision prompted prosecutors to urge Judge Nichols to move forward with the prison sentence previously postponed during Bannon's appeal process.

Bannon was originally sentenced to four months in prison in October 2022 after being found in contempt of Congress. His sentence was delayed by Judge Nichols, pending the outcome of his appeal.

However, the recent ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has eliminated any remaining legal arguments against enforcing the sentence.

D.C. Circuit Court Upholds Conviction

In its opinion issued on Friday, the three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals stated, "We conclude that none of the information sought in the trial subpoenas was relevant to the elements of the contempt offense, nor to any affirmative defense Bannon was entitled to present at trial."

This opinion decisively undercut Bannon's defense strategy, confirming the trial court's original decision. The judges concluded their opinion by affirming both the conviction and the sentence.

Federal prosecutors quickly acted on this decision, submitting a request on Tuesday to Judge Nichols. They emphasized that there is no longer a "substantial question of law that is likely to result in a reversal or an order for a new trial."

Prosecutors argued that the recent ruling leaves no legal basis for continuing to delay Bannon's prison sentence. They urged Judge Nichols to enforce the sentence without further postponement, highlighting the clarity and finality of the appellate court's decision.

Bannon responded to the news in a statement to ABC News, saying, "I'm shocked they want to silence the voice of MAGA." This reaction underscores the contentious and highly publicized nature of his case.

The timeline for Judge Nichols' decision on the prosecutors' request remains uncertain. The judge had previously granted Bannon a reprieve, allowing him to remain out of jail while his appeal was pending.

Background of Bannon's Case

Steve Bannon, a former advisor to President Donald Trump, was charged with contempt of Congress after refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by the House committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riot. His refusal to provide testimony and documents led to his conviction in October 2022.

Despite his conviction, Bannon remained free pending his appeal. His legal team argued that the subpoenas issued during his trial were not pertinent to his defense. However, the appellate court's recent decision refuted this argument, reinforcing the original verdict.

With the appellate court's ruling, the path is now clear for Judge Nichols to enforce the prison sentence. Prosecutors maintain that there is no further justification for delaying Bannon's incarceration.

The case has garnered significant public attention, reflecting broader political and legal battles. Bannon's comments about silencing the "voice of MAGA" highlight the ongoing polarization surrounding his prosecution and sentencing.

Legal experts suggest that the appellate court's decision leaves little room for further legal maneuvering. The ruling not only upholds Bannon's conviction but also underscores the validity of the trial court's processes and decisions.

The final decision now rests with Judge Nichols. Observers anticipate that his ruling will align with the appellate court's findings, potentially bringing an end to this high-profile legal saga.


Federal prosecutors have requested that Judge Carl Nichols enforce Steve Bannon's four-month prison sentence following the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to uphold his conviction. The appellate court ruled that trial subpoenas were irrelevant to Bannon's defense, leaving no legal grounds for further delays. Prosecutors argue for immediate enforcement, while Bannon criticizes the move. The decision now awaits Judge Nichols' ruling, with significant legal and public implications at stake.

Written By:
Mae Slater

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