by Madeleine Hubbard
Former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon is attempting to have his contempt of Congress sentence halted pending an appeal and is alternatively asking for his sentence to be served on home confinement, according to a court filing Monday.
The Justice Department hours earlier recommended Bannon to serve six months in prison and pay a $200,000 fine.
D.C. Federal Judge Carl Nichols is scheduled to sentence Bannon on Friday, after he was found guilty in July of defying a House Jan. 6 committee subpoena.
Bannon’s attorneys question in the filing whether a person should “be jailed for relying on the advice of his lawyers” or in situations where the prosecutor declined to prosecute similar cases.
“Because we believe that the answer to each of these questions is no, we respectfully ask this Court to impose a sentence of probation, and to stay the imposition of sentence pending appeal,” his attorneys wrote.
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Madeleine Hubbard joined Just the News as a fast file reporter after working as an editor at Breitbart News. She previously served as the special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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