This week, just days after the January 6th select committee voted publicly to subpoena former President Donald Trump, the DOJ is handing down their suggestion of how to punish Steve Bannon for refusing to comply a similar request.
Make no mistake about it: This is all a part of the show. The left wants Donald Trump to think long and hard about how he answers the subpoena, with Bannon serving as the most lucid example of what could happen should he refuse.
That explains why the DOJ waited until now to recommend actual jail time for Bannon.
The Department of Justice is arguing former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon should be sentenced to six months in prison and fined on contempt of Congress charges after defying orders from the Jan. 6 committee.
“The committee sought documents and testimony from the Defendant relevant to a matter of national importance: the circumstances that led to a violent attack on the Capitol and disruption of the peaceful transfer of power,” prosecutors argued. “In response, the Defendant flouted the Committee’s authority and ignored the subpoena’s demands.”
The requested charges come after a jury convicted Bannon on a pair of contempt of Congress charges in July after he refused to comply with a subpoena from the Jan. 6 committee to sit for questioning. The former White House aide also refused to turn over documents requested by the panel.
Bannon didn’t put up much of a fight.
Bannon ultimately opted not to testify or call any witnesses in his defense during his trial in July, with the jury finding him guilty after just three hours of deliberations. His sentencing is scheduled for Friday.
The DOJ’s suggestion is almost certainly a tactic being used to subtly threaten Donald Trump with potential jail time, and offers a glimpse into the possibility of collusion between the Justice Department and the January 6th select committee.