Appeals Court Denies Steve Bannon’s Request to Delay Prison Term

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s request to remain out of prison while appealing his conviction on contempt of Congress charges was denied by a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel. In a 2-1 ruling, Judges Cornelia Pillard and Bradley Garcia determined that Bannon’s arguments did not raise a “substantial question” of law likely to reverse his conviction.

Judge Justin Walker dissented, suggesting that Bannon’s arguments about his state of mind when refusing to comply with a subpoena from the House Jan. 6 committee presented a “close question” that the Supreme Court could decide in Bannon’s favor. Despite the dissent, Bannon is ordered to report to prison on July 1.

Bannon’s legal team plans to seek relief from the Supreme Court following this latest ruling. His previous conviction in 2022, upheld in May, includes a four-month prison sentence for defying a congressional subpoena related to the Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021.

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