‘Proud Of Going To Prison’: Steve Bannon, Former Advisor To Trump, Reports To Jail To Serve Sentence

American right-wing populist ideologue and former White House adviser to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, went to a federal prison in the north-east of the United States on July 1, 2024, to begin serving his sentence for obstructing a parliamentary enquiry into the assault on the Capitol on 6 January 2021. (Image: AFP)

Bannon said he is proud of being jailed when he showed up at a federal prison in Connecticut and said he would do so if that’s what it takes to stand up to Joe Biden.

Steve Bannon, a prominent right-wing figure in American politics and former senior advisor to Donald Trump, reported to prison Monday to begin a four-month sentence for contempt of Congress.

He was convicted of defying a subpoena to testify before the congressional panel that investigated the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters.

Bannon, 70, spoke defiantly as he showed up at a federal prison in Connecticut.

“I’m proud of going to prison today,” Bannon said, “if it’s what it takes to stand up to Joe Biden.”

Bannon and others argue that legal proceedings stemming from the January 6 insurrection against the seat of US democracy amount to political persecution designed to thwart Trump’s bid for reelection in November.

A cluster of people waving “Trump 2024” flags greeted Bannon outside the prison, as did Marjorie Taylor Greene, a fiercely pro-Trump lawmaker from Georgia who is one of the new faces of the Republican Party tightly controlled by the former president.

One of the masterminds behind Trump’s successful 2016 presidential campaign, Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison in October 2022, but remained free until now while appealing his conviction.

A federal appeals court upheld the conviction in May, and District Judge Carl Nichols, a Trump appointee, revoked Bannon’s bail at a court hearing early this month, ordering him to report to prison by July 1.

Bannon no longer works officially for Trump but reiterated his support for him Monday and promised to use all his influence to get him back in the White House, mainly through his podcast “The War Room,” which will continue albeit without Bannon.

Before reporting for prison Monday Bannon used that podium to welcome the strong showing of the far-right in France’s first round legislative election and in other countries in European parliament voting.

“This is the momentum of our movement,” Bannon said on his podcast.

Pardoned

Bannon served in the White House as chief strategist for the first seven months of Trump’s term, leaving reportedly due to conflicts with other top staffers.

In 2020, he was charged with wire fraud and money laundering for taking for personal use millions of dollars contributed by donors for the construction of a border wall with Mexico.

While others were found guilty in the scheme, Trump issued a blanket pardon to Bannon before leaving office in January 2021, leading to the dismissal of the charges against him.

On the day of the capital riot, as thousands of pro-Trump people overran the congress building to block certification of Biden’s win over Trump, Bannon spoke by telephone with the then president. So congressional investigators wanted to question Bannon about his role in those events.

Bannon entered prison the same day that the conservative-dominated Supreme Court effectively delayed even further the possibility of Trump being tried in federal court for trying to overturn the 2020 election.

Another former Trump adviser, Peter Navarro, is serving a four-month prison term, also for defying a congressional subpoena to testify about January 6.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – AFP)

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