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Bannon prison sentence delayed as he appeals verdict

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While he appeals the conviction, former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon will not have to serve the four months of jail time he was given for ignoring a subpoena from the House select committee looking into the Capitol attack on January 6, 2021.

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After refusing to appear before the committee on January 6, the former Trump adviser was found guilty on two counts of contempt of Congress.

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He received a $6,500 fine in addition to a four-month prison term.

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At the sentencing hearing late last month, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols stated that Bannon "expressed no remorse for his actions," but ultimately decided to postpone the prison term while an appeal is pending. The formal order for the stay was made in a filing on Monday.

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According to Nichols, Bannon is not a flight risk, and his appeal "is not taken for the purpose of delay but rather raises a substantial question of law that is likely to result in a reversal or an order for a new trial," Nichols wrote in the filing.

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The stay means that Bannon won't go to prison until after his conviction on the two misdemeanour counts has been upheld by higher courts.

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Bannon had declined to abide by the committee's requests for him to testify and submit documents on January 6, citing executive privilege issues pertaining to his collaboration with former President Trump.

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Bannon's legal team appeared to reverse course just before his trial and say he was willing to testify, but the trial went ahead anyway.

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When Bannon chose to ignore the subpoena, federal prosecutors claimed during the course of the trial that he "chose allegiance to Donald Trump over compliance with the law."

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