Steve Bannon, ex-adviser of Donald Trump, was found guilty of obstruction of Congress

Steve Bannon, a former close adviser to Donald Trump, was convicted on Friday July 22 of obstructing the investigative powers of Congress in a federal court, after refusing to cooperate with the commission in the attack on the Capitol.

The 68-year-old man, a figure of far-right populism in the United States and director of the successful campaign of Donald Trump in 2016, will experience his sentence in October. A jury in a federal court in Washington deliberated for less than three hours on Friday to find him guilty of the two charges against him. He faces between one month and one year in prison for each of these counts.

Even after being fired from the White House in August 2017, Steve Bannon remained close to Donald Trump and spoke with him the day before the January 6, 2021 attack on the headquarters of Congress. To find out the nature of their discussions, the parliamentary commission of inquiry that is responsible especially for shedding light on the role of the former president in this coup called Mr. Bannon to testify and produce documents. He refused, invoking the president’s right to keep certain conversations secret, which gave him the job of“barrier” in the work of Congress.

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silent defense

At the opening of proceedings on Tuesday, prosecutor Amanda Vaughn accused Steve Bannon of believing in himself. “above the law”. Mr. Bannon has “Ignored the orders to comply, even though Congress dismissed his pretenses, and ignored numerous warnings that he would face prosecution if he failed to comply with the subpoena as he was required to do so”added Amanda Vaughn.

According to him, the commission has legitimate reasons to believe that he, like others close to the president, may have information on links between Donald Trump and his supporters who stormed the Capitol while parliamentarians were confirming the victory. in the presidency of Democrat Joe Biden.

The defense did not have any witnesses in the trial, which began Monday with jury selection, and Steve Bannon did not speak in his own defense. His lawyer, Evan Corcoran, however, criticized the political prosecution, assuring that “nobody[vait] subpoena ignored” and that negotiations are still taking place with the commission regarding his deposition date.

“A victory for the rule of law”

As his trial approaches, Steve Bannon has agreed to cooperate with parliamentarians. Criticized by prosecutors “a last minute change to avoid” a conviction and the judge presiding over the case, Carl Nichols, wished to continue the trial.

David Schoen, one of Steve Bannon’s attorneys, said outside court that the ruling would not stand. ” First round already ” he said. ” You can see that this case will be dismissed on appeal. The accused himself said as he left the court: We may have lost the battle today, but we will not lose this war. Invited to Fox News tonight, he added: “I will fight to the end”. “We have a long appeal process (…) I think the law is with us on many points,” he insisted.

The former political consultant also called on the audience to defeat the Democrats in November’s midterm legislative elections so that a Republican-dominated Congress, he suggested, would open its own commission of inquiry into the attack on Capitol. “We need the real commission on January 6”he said in front of star presenter Tucker Carlson.

The Chairman of the House Inquiry into the Capitol Storming, Democrat Bennie Thompson, and Deputy Chairman, Republican Liz Cheney, both praised the court’s decision as “a victory for the rule of law”. “As all those responsible for the events of January 6 must be held accountable, anyone who obstructs our investigation of the facts must face the consequences.”they said in a statement.

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The World with AFP

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