Steve Bannon has already been found guilty of contempt of Congress, and his sentencing is scheduled for October. In court, he was quiet — he didn’t take the stand to defend himself, despite his promises to “go medieval.” Back in the safety of his own podcast though, all Bannon’s bravado is back.
Nobody but Bannon knows what advice his attorney has given him for the time between his conviction and his upcoming sentencing, but it’s rather common for defendants to be advised not to make a lot Of public noise about their cases before all is said and done. If Bannon was told the same, he’s not listening.
In fact, in his most recent episode, Bannon declares his intention to “kill this administration in the crib,” and that anyone who doesn’t like it, including the Justice Department, can “suck on it.”
Steve Bannon today: “We’ve been maniacally focused that we’re gonna kill this Admin in the crib. I don’t care if Benny Thompson doesn’t like that .. Justice Dept? I don’t care if you don’t like it. Suck on it. We’re destroying this illegitimate regime.” pic.twitter.com/0oSnaojc0C
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) July 26, 2022
“We said we’d kill this in the crib…we’re gonna kill this administration in the crib. I don’t care if Benny Thompson doesn’t like that, or Nancy Pelosi doesn’t like it, or who doesn’t like it. Justice Department, I don’t care if you don’t like it. Suck on it.”
Doesn’t seem like the most judicious declaration from someone who is still waiting for the United States Justice system to determine whether his crime is worth a few months in jail or a few years locked up. A statement from the U.S. Attorney affirms that each of the two counts carries a minimum sentence of a month, and maximum of a year.
Bannon is to be sentenced on Oct. 21, 2022. Each count of contempt of Congress carries a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year in jail, as well as a fine of $100 to $100,000. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
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