After a little under three hours of deliberation, a jury found former Trump aide and coup co-conspirator Steve Bannon guilty Friday on two counts of contempt of Congress charges for refusing to cooperate with the House select committee investigating Jan. 6. (Two for two!)
Specifically, the two contempt of Congress charges were Willful Failure to Appear for Testimony, and Willful Failure to Provide Records.
The judge set sentencing for Oct. 21, 2022. Bannon faces a mandatory minimum of 30 days behind bars and a maximum of one year for each count. He could also be fined $100 to $100,000.
Shortly after the verdict, Bannon attorney David Schoen, standing beside his client outside the courthouse, told reporters they would file an appeal, likely after the October sentencing.
"This is a bullet proof appeal," Schoen said, calling the verdict "Round 1."
For his part, Bannon thanked the jury members before lashing out at the Jan. 6 panel.
"I only have one disappointment," Bannon said, "and that is, the gutless members of that show-trial committee—the J6 committee—didn't have the guts to come down here and testify in open court."
Bannon’s show of remorse will undoubtedly serve him well come sentencing time.
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