Steve Bannon is now thought to plead not guilty against his contempt of Congress charges which he was indicted for by a federal grand jury last Friday. As Harper Neidig and Rebecca Beitsch have reported on for The Hill, Steve Bannon’s lawyers issued a motion this Wednesday for him to file the plea and skip over his arraignment, which was set for tomorrow, though the judge must sign off. This news comes after Steve Bannon had told journalists this week, as he turned himself over to federal authorities, that “this will be the legal misdemeanor from hell” and “we are going on the offense.”
As I said in my report last Friday, Bannon, if ruled guilty, could get up to one year in jail for every charge, as well as a fine going from $100 to $100,000 for each of those charges. Bannon was charged with two counts, one for not showing for an Oct. 14 deposition before the Jan. 6 select committee and another for not handing over documents.
Not long after he refused to go along with things, the House voted in a bipartisan way to find Steve Bannon in contempt.
Bannon was among the first top figures subpoenaed by the Jan. committee, back in Sept. Through a lawyer, former President Trump said that subpoenaed people should not comply, citing executive privilege. Trump is now going through his own legal battle when it comes to delaying his records from his White House being sent to the committee.
Last Thursday night, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for DC temporarily blocked the committee from getting the records. Oral arguments will happen on or around November 30.
A June 11, 2019 document from the Pew Research Center, mentioning the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, pointed out that in the year 2018, 90 percent of federal defendants had a guilty plea.
For the year 2018, “only 320 of 79,704 federal defendants – less than 1% – went to trial and won, at least terms of acquittal, according to the Federal Administrative Office of the United States Courts,” the report said.
STEVE BANNON: "I'm never going to back down and they took on the wrong guy this time." pic.twitter.com/rba92rV7Y3
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Author: Steven Sinclaire