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Bannon Found Guilty Of Contempt Of Congress For Defying J6 Subpoena

• by Tyler Durden

He faces a maximum penalty of one year behind bars and a $100,000 fine.

In his closing statements, Bannon's attorney, M. Evan Corcoran, suggested that the J6 committee was illegitimate and politically motivated - and that their deadlines for Bannon to comply with were nothing more than "placeholders" for further negotiation, the Washington Post reported earlier Friday.

Corcoran added that Bannon "didn't intentionally refuse to comply with a subpoena. Absolutely not. He didn't intentionally refuse to comply with anything."

Assistant US Attorney Molly Gaston, meanwhile, told jurors that Bannon "chose allegiance to Donald Trump over compliance with the law," and highlighted his failure to respond or produce a single document before the deadline, after which Bannon's attorneys say that Trump intended to invoke executive privilege.

"When it really comes down to it, he did not want to recognize Congress's authority or play by the government's rules," said Gaston. ".... It is important because our government only works if people show up. It only works if people play by the rules."

In his closing, Corcoran took aim at the credibility of the main prosecution witness, Kristin Amerling, the chief counsel for the Jan. 6 committee and a long time aide to Democratic lawmakers. He suggested she and the Democrats on the committee were in a rush to score political points and punish Bannon, singling him out of more than 1,000 committee witnesses in an election year.