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Prosecutors want Bannon to be sentenced to six months

Oct 17, 2022, 7:30 AM
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Steve Bannon, former advisor to former President Donald Trump sp...
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Steve Bannon, former advisor to former President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media after his arrangement in NYS Supreme Court on September 08, 2022 in New York City. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Jr. and New York Attorney General Letitia James announced an indictment of Bannon charging him with money laundering and conspiracy in connection with the “We Build the Wall" fundraising scheme, for which the entity is also facing charges. The state chargers are based on the same federal charges for which Bannon was pardoned by former President Donald Trump. He and others have been alleged to have defrauded contributors to a private $25 million fundraising effort to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border according. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
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(CNN) — Federal prosecutors want Steve Bannon, a former top adviser to former President Donald Trump, to be sentenced to six months in prison for contempt of Congress, according to a recommendation filed Monday.

In addition to serving time, the government is seeking $200,000 in fines.

“For his sustained, bad-faith contempt of Congress, the Defendant should be sentenced to six months’ imprisonment — the top end of the Sentencing Guidelines’ range — and fined $200,000 — based on his insistence on paying the maximum fine rather than cooperate with the Probation Office’s routine pre-sentencing financial investigation,” prosecutors wrote in their court filing on Monday.

They said he did not fully comply with the probation office in their pre-sentencing investigation, writing that Bannon “freely answered questions about his family, professional life, personal background, and health. But the Defendant refused to disclose his financial records, instead insisting that he is willing and able to pay any fine imposed, including the maximum fine on each count of conviction.”

Prosecutors added: “The rioters who overran the Capitol on January 6 did not just attack a building — they assaulted the rule of law upon which this country was built and through which it endures. By flouting the Select Committee’s subpoena and its authority, the Defendant exacerbated that assault.”

Bannon was found guilty by a jury in July of two counts of contempt of Congress.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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