Before his brief week-long trial of contempt began, Bannon had spoken loudly by saying that he would “go medieval” against his enemies (a possible reference to the memorable Ving Rhames line from Pulp Fiction). But his defense lacked teeth; he presented no witnesses, and his arguments in court were largely dismissed by the trial judge, the Washington Post reports.
Of Trump’s circle of confidants (sometimes referred to as “the clown car”), Bannon is now the closest thing to paying an actual price for his nose to the justice system. U.S. District Court Judge Carl J. Nichols has scheduled a hearing for October 21. Any conviction for a felony can carry Bannon as much as a year in prison, or as little as 30 days.
The Post points out, however, that since the days of Joseph McCarthy’s Red Scare in the late 1940s and early 1950s, no one has actually made time for contempt of Congress in the U.S.
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