Wednesday, September 28, 2022

USA: Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon found guilty

Steve Bannon was Donald Trump’s chief strategist. He refused to cooperate with Parliament after storming the Capitol – which now has consequences.

Steve Bannon, a well-known US right-wing populist and former presidential adviser, has been found guilty of contempt of Congress. A jury in Washington found the former chief strategist of former President Donald Trump guilty on Friday. The sentence for the 68-year-old will be announced later. Bannon faces a prison sentence of between 30 days and a year. Fines are also possible.

A former Trump adviser ignored a summons from a parliamentary inquiry into the Capitol storm on January 6, 2021. He also refused to give the documents. Bannon’s attorney had argued in vain in the trial, which only began in federal court on Monday, that his client had deliberately not resisted the subpoena. Rather, the date of the survey was “the subject of ongoing discussions”.

The investigative committee is working on the events surrounding the uproar at the seat of the US Parliament. Trump attacked the body in a message on his online network Truth Social on Friday as a “mock court” and accused it of being “corrupt and highly partisan.”

Bannon perhaps the main witness

The U-Committee believes Bannon to be a key witness. According to the panel, the right-wing populist spoke to Trump the day before the storm. In his own podcast, Bannon even predicted at the time that “hell would break out”. Radical Trump supporters stormed Congress when the election victory of Trump rival Joe Biden was yet to be officially confirmed.

Bannon was a central figure in Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Following his election victory, Bannon became chief strategist in the White House. In August 2017, Trump fired him from his job.

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