“For his sustained, bad-faith contempt of Congress, the Defendant should be sentenced to six months’ imprisonment (…) 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,” the prosecution notes in its request, local media published Monday.
Judges said Steve Bannon did not fully comply with the probation office in its pre-sentence investigation.
So although he freely answered questions about his family, professional life, personal background and health, he refused to disclose his financial records, insisting instead that he is willing and able to pay any fine imposed, including the maximum fine for each count.
Prosecutors added that rioters who invaded the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, attacked not only a building, but also “the rule of law upon which this country was built and through which it endures.”
That is why they considered that Bannon, by mocking the subpoena of the House Select Committee investigating the event, as well as his authority, “exacerbated that attack.”
Past July, Bannon was found guilty by a jury of two counts of contempt of Congress.
Shortly thereafter, in September, the former aide was indicted in New York City for financial fraud in a money laundering and embezzlement case related to the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
The charges relate to the same facts alleged against him in a previous federal indictment, dismissed after Trump pardoned Bannon before the end of his term (2017-2021).
In August 2020, Bannon and three other men were indicted for defrauding donors, in a $25 million private fundraiser.