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Steve Bannon, a Trump ally, will begin serving a four-month sentence in federal prison for contempt charges

Steve Bannon to Report to Federal Prison for Contempt Charges

Former White House chief strategist and longtime Trump ally Steve Bannon is set to begin serving a four-month prison sentence on Monday for contempt charges related to his defiance of a congressional subpoena in the investigation into the US Capitol attack.

Bannon had been allowed to remain free while appealing his convictions, but that time has run out as an appeals court upheld his contempt charges and the Supreme Court rejected his last-minute appeal.

The charges against Bannon stem from his refusal to cooperate with the Jan. 6 House Committee by sitting for a deposition and providing documents related to his involvement in efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.

While his defense team argues that the subpoena was invalid due to executive privilege asserted by former President Trump, prosecutors maintain that Bannon had been out of the White House at the time and Trump never used executive privilege before the committee.

Bannon’s case continues to unfold, with Republican House leaders supporting efforts to challenge the legitimacy of the Jan. 6 committee and the subpoenas issued to Bannon and others.

In a similar case, Trump aide Peter Navarro has already begun serving his four-month sentence for contempt of Congress after his appeal was denied by the Supreme Court.

On top of his legal troubles related to the Capitol attack, Bannon is also facing criminal charges in New York for his involvement in a fundraising scheme to build a border wall with Mexico. His trial for money laundering, conspiracy, fraud, and other charges has been postponed until at least the end of September.

As Bannon prepares to enter prison, the controversies surrounding his actions and connections to the previous administration continue to draw attention and speculation.

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