Steve Bannon, former chief strategist for President Trump’s White House and current head of the War Room, the most compelling show on the Internet about current events, will not be going to jail today.
Yesterday the judge overseeing his case suspended Bannon from going to jail while his case is being appealed through the courts.
Former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon will be allowed to remain free as he appeals his conviction for defying a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison and ordered to pay a $6,500 fine after being found guilty on two counts of contempt of Congress last month.
US District Judge Carl Nichols formally stayed Bannon’s sentence on Monday as he appeals, explaining in a court filing that Bannon “is not likely to flee or pose a danger to the safety of any other person or the community if released.”
Nichols also wrote that Bannon’s appeal “is not taken for the purpose of delay but rather raises a substantial question of law that is likely to result in a reversal or an order for a new trial.”
If a higher court upholds Bannon’s conviction on the two misdemeanor counts, he will only then be forced to serve his sentence.
Bannon had refused to comply with the Jan. 6 panel’s order for him to testify and provide documents citing executive privilege.
Bannon’s arrest was not the precedent. Under Obama, his Attorney General Holder and Head of the IRS Lerner were subpoenaed by Congress but never showed up. Holder was accused of running guns to Mexico while Lerner was preventing conservative groups from obtaining non-profit status like far-left groups were.
It was reported that Bannon was given extra time for mocking the illegitimate committee and corrupt government officials.