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Steve Bannon, a former advisor to President Trump, has been ordered to begin his four-month prison sentence in July as he appeals his contempt of Congress conviction.

US District Judge Carl Nichols, a Trump appointee, ruled that Bannon must self-surrender by July 1, following a three-judge panel’s rejection of his conviction appeal last month. Despite Bannon’s opposition, Nichols sided with prosecutors, granting the government a motion to proceed with the incarceration.

Bannon had argued for his continued freedom pending further appeals, indicating his intention to take the case to the Supreme Court if necessary. He was convicted in 2022 for failing to comply with a deposition and document subpoena from the now-defunct House Jan. 6 committee.

After the appellate court dismissed Bannon’s appeal, the Justice Department pushed for his immediate imprisonment, arguing there were no substantial legal questions that might lead to a reversal or a new trial. Bannon’s legal team has argued that there was “no basis” for immediate incarceration, claiming that his appeal had not yet reached a higher court capable of overturning the conviction’s key precedent.

Outside the courthouse, Bannon defiantly told reporters, “There is nothing that can shut me up and nothing that will shut me up. There’s not a prison built or a jail built that’ll ever shut me up.”


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