Bannon Seeks Freedom During Appeal

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to let him remain out of prison while he continues to appeal a nearly two-year-old conviction on criminal contempt of Congress charges.

Bannon filed an emergency motion Tuesday evening asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overrule a lower court’s order last week that he report to prison for four months on July 1.

Bannon is asking the D.C. Circuit to quickly rule on his motion — by next Tuesday — to allow him time if necessary to appeal to the Supreme Court over his conviction on two counts of contempt of Congress in 2022, after he refused to answer questions from the House Jan. 6 committee.

Bannon’s attorney argued in Tuesday’s filing that his imprisonment would block him from acting as a “meaningful adviser” in the campaign leading up to the November election.

“The government seeks to imprison Mr. Bannon for the four-month period leading up to the November election, when millions of Americans look to him for information on important campaign issues,” wrote Trent McCotter, a new addition to Bannon’s legal team. “This would also effectively bar Mr. Bannon from serving as a meaningful advisor in the ongoing national campaign.”

A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit last month upheld Bannon’s contempt of Congress conviction, prompting the trial judge who presided over Bannon’s case to rule that he must report to prison at the end of the month.

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