Former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon was denied a new trial by a DC federal judge Friday
A federal judge in Washington, DC ruled on Friday that former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon will not receive a new trial as a result of his conviction on two counts of contempt of Congress earlier this year.
Bannon’s appeal for a new trial, in which he alleged, among other things, that the jury instructions in his case contained errors, was denied by US District Judge Carl Nichols.
Nichols said in his denial of Bannon’s request that “Defendant’s claims relative to the jury instructions, while obviously adequately preserved, do not indicate a major miscarriage of justice.” Bannon’s motion was denied.
Nichols, in the same order, turned down a renewed motion that was a long shot to have Bannon’s conviction overturned.
After refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by a House select committee investigating the violence that occurred in the Capitol the previous year, Bannon was found guilty of contempt of Congress in the month of July.
Bannon, who has been a close confidant of former President Donald Trump and was formerly the executive chairman of Breitbart News, is looking at a minimum sentence of sixty days in prison and a maximum sentence of two years in prison.
On October 21, Bannon is scheduled to get his punishment.
After Bannon was found guilty, his attorney vowed to appeal the decision, and they described their approach for the appeal as “bulletproof.”
An attorney by the name of David Schoen stated at the time that the amount of the government’s overreach in this particular case was extraordinary on every level.
However, he continued by saying that the United States Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice should be ashamed of themselves for how far they took this particular investigation.