Steve Bannon has accused staffers of the January 6 House Committee of broadcasting lies on nationwide tv, simply hours after his contempt conviction on Friday.
After a four-day trial, the previous White House chief strategist was held responsible of contempt of Congress for ignoring a subpoena from the House panel probing the rebellion on the US Capitol on 6 January 2021. Bannon had pleaded not responsible.
Talking to Fox News TV host Tucker Carlson, Bannon stated: “We have to have a real January 6 committee, including to get to the staffers now and see about the lies and misrepresentation they put on the national television to defame people.”
“I would tell the Jan 6 staff: right, preserve your documents because there’s going to be a real committee and this is going to be backed by Republican grassroot voters to say we want to get to the bottom of this for the good of the nation,” he stated.
The longtime ally of former president Donald Trump was convicted on two counts — one for refusing to seem for a deposition by the committee and one other for refusing to current paperwork as requested by the House panel’s subpoena.
Bannon now faces as much as two years of imprisonment. Each rely will entail a minimal sentence of 30 days in jail. His sentence is anticipated to be delivered on 21 October.
Reacting to the decision, Bannon stated: “We may have lost the battle here today; we’re not going to lose this war”.
Committee leaders have hailed the decision in opposition to Bannon as “victory for the rule of law”.
However, Bannon’s attorneys have stated that the decision won’t stand exterior the courthouse.
“This is round one. You will see this case reversed on appeal,” David Schoen, one among his attorneys, stated.
The 68-year-old was requested to testify by the House committee over his involvement in Mr Trump’s try to overturn the 2020 presidential election outcomes.
But Bannon didn’t adhere, stating that his testimony was protected by the previous president’s declare of government privilege.
This was contested by the House panel and the Justice Department, which held that the safety claimed by Bannon was doubtful as he was fired from the White House in 2017. As a results of expulsion from the White House, Bannon was rendered a personal citizen on the time he was consulting Mr Trump within the occasions main as much as the riot on 6 January.
Bannon’s attorneys stated that he didn’t refuse to cooperate, and that the dates “were in flux” in the course of the trial listening to.
In the closing arguments, the prosecution stated that Bannon willfully sidelined clear and express deadlines however the defence argued that the deadlines had been versatile and topic to negotiation.