A Washington, D.C. jury has convicted Steve Bannon on two counts of contempt for Congress. These charges stem from Bannon’s refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by the Select Committee that was investigating the Jan. 6, Capitol Riot.
A federal jury found former Trump adviser Steve Bannon guilty of contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack, per @kpolantz @Tierney_Megan
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 22, 2022
District Court Judge Carl Nichols ruled that Bannon and his attorneys would not be allowed to present an executive privilege defense. Bannon also opposed his request for a delay of three months in the trial. Bannon and his defense team were not able to present any arguments. (RELATED: Biden Says DOJ Should Prosecute Former Trump Officials Defying Jan. 6 Subpoenas, Prompts Damage Control From Admin)
Bannon first attempted to assert executive privilege when subpoenaed by Congress in September 2021, but the committee and President Joe Biden rejected his arguments. Eight Republicans voted with all 221 Democrats in the House of Representatives to hold Bannon in contempt. Although Mark Meadows, former White House Chief of staff was voted in contempt of Congress by the House of Representatives, charges have not been filed yet by the Department of Justice.
Bannon was last a White House official in 2017. At a later time, he will be sentenced.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.